Easter Egg Safety
One of Easter’s traditions is coloring eggs. To ensure this is a fun and safe activity, keep these points in mind.
- When shopping for eggs, choose eggs with clean, uncracked shells. Get them home and into the refrigerator as soon as possible.
- Refrigerate raw eggs in their shells in the carton on the middle or lower inside shelf, not on the door.
- Raw eggs maintain their freshness for four to five weeks after purchase if kept refrigerated continually.
- A hard cooked egg, if kept in its shell, can be safely refrigerated for up to one week.
- Temperature fluctuation is critical to safety. After eggs are refrigerated, it is important that they stay that way. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the growth of bacteria.
- Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than two hours.