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Egg Safety

Making Sure Your Eggs Are Safe to Eat

Eggs should be cooked until the whites and yolks are firm or, for dishes containing eggs, until an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit is reached because Salmonella is destroyed by the heat of cooking.

In addition to thoroughly cooking your eggs, follow these simple food-handling practices:

  • Clean your hands, as well as the surfaces and utensils that come into contact with raw eggs – an important step for avoiding cross-contamination.
  • Separate eggs from other foods in your grocery cart, grocery bags and in the refrigerator to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Keep eggs in the main section of the refrigerator at a temperature between 33 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit – eggs accidentally left at room temperature should be discarded after two hours, or one hour in warm weather.

Learn more about safely enjoying eggs as part of a nutritious diet by visiting our Safe Food Handling Tips page.

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