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Learning egg safety

March 29, 2010
By Carol Kovachic, Program Assistant, Ohio State University Extension

The Easter season is quickly approaching. One of the favorite activities most families enjoy is treating the children to an Easter egg hunt. To make sure this activity is fun and safe, plastic eggs should be used outside in the yard. The grass may have been sprayed with chemicals, there is dirt and animals may have been using the yard. Egg shells are porous and may allow bacteria or chemicals to enter. Also hard boiled dyed eggs should not be out of a refrigerator for any longer than two hours. When dying eggs, the eggs should be stored in the refrigerator and not placed in a basket on the table; unless of course, the eggs are used only for a decoration. However, if the eggs will be eaten they must be in the refrigerator. The hard boiled eggs will keep for one week stored in the refrigerator.

Fresh eggs can be kept in the refrigerator for four weeks. The eggs should be stored in their original container on a shelf in the back of the refrigerator. The eggs should not be place on a tray on the refrigerator's door. Every time we open the door, the eggs are shaken and may crack. Also, the warm room temperature air will shorten the amount of time the eggs will remain fresh and safe to eat.

Never eat raw eggs or food containing raw eggs for example uncooked cookie dough. The eggs may contain harmful bacteria and should be thoroughly cooked. The best way to ensure the egg is properly cooked is to use a thermometer that reads 160Fahrenheit. Hard boiled eggs should be boiled for 15 minutes then cooled quickly in ice water, the shells peeled, and place in a bowl in the refrigerator.

As we enjoy the renewal of life through the Easter season, also take time to practice safe food handling processes.



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