Keeping eggs safe from store to plate

From the farm to the grocery store, careful handling of eggs ensures their quality and safety. Once in your grocery bag, it is important to follow these tips to keep eggs stay safe for your family to eat and enjoy.

Once home, refrigerate eggs immediately. Store eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not in the door. Eggs should not be out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.

Keep eggs in their original carton to easily check the Julian and sell-by dates.

Before and after handling eggs, wash hands, utensils and surfaces with warm, soapy water. There is no need to wash the eggs you purchase at the grocery store before using them.

If an egg crack in the carton, break into a clean container, cover tightly, keep refrigerated and use within two days.

Discard shells after use; keep them out of the carton with eggs.

Separate foods like raw meat, seafood and poultry to prevent cross-contamination.

Cook eggs thoroughly because adequate cooking destroys bacteria. Cook until both the egg whites and yolk are firm.

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