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The Egg Safety Center represents commercial egg producers, which follow the FDA Egg Safety Rule and state/federal regulatory programs.
People are accustomed to seeing perfect whites and yolks when they crack an egg so it’s understandable questions arise when that’s not the case. Eggs with blood spots (sometimes called meat spots) are fine to eat as long as they are properly cooked. Most eggs with anomalies like these are detected by electronic spotters and never reach the market, but it’s impossible to catch them all. Blood or meat spots are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface when it’s being formed or by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct in the hen’s reproductive tract.