Just like many people around the globe you probably like eating eggs for breakfast. They’re an excellent breakfast food, nutritious, healthy and delicious. Plus, they’re super easy to prepare and you can make a whole variety of meals with them. However, if you enjoy this food just like the majority of Americans, you need to know the proper way of storage.
Where do you keep your eggs after buying them in the local store? Do you keep them in the fridge? If you’re from North America, Australia, Japan or in Scandinavia you probably do, but surprisingly not everyone does. People from other countries tend to keep eggs on room temperature and although in some cases it may be harmless, sometimes it can be health detrimental.
We all know that the most common risk of consuming eggs is the bacteria known as Salmonella.
“In vitro insertion of salmonella into eggs is more successful with non – refrigerated eggs than with refrigerated eggs” – is published in the Journal of Food Protection.
But National Public Radio claims that we don’t need to refrigerate eggs, because there are various protections against Salmonella in America like washing, inspections and tracking the eggs from the supplier to the store. In Europe most of the chickens are vaccinated against salmonella, so this means that we don’t need to be worried or keep the eggs in the fridge.
According to the FDA, vaccines are a pretty efficient component of a Salmonella enteritidis prevention program. Marianne Gravely, a technical information expert at the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service advises people not to keep eggs on room temperature for more than two hours. Especially because it’s not possible to see if an eggs shell is pathogen-free. Additionally, one of the bad things about these bacteria that cause food poisoning is that they do not impact the taste, the smell, or the appearance of the food. There’s no telling if a chicken is infected with salmonella or no, so it is possible that the eggs, whether they come from a grocery store, a farmer’s market, or the backyard of your neighbor contain salmonella. It’s still up to you to decide how you want to store your eggs but you should be aware of the risks you’re taking. Prevention is the best cure, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.