Eggs are an important part of Spring religious holidays, both as decorations and for dining. If you’re planning an Easter egg hunt or cooking eggs for your Passover Seder, take time to educate yourself about the following common health and safety issues specific to eggs, courtesy of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):
It’s also important if you plan to decorate real Easter eggs this year and eat the eggs you decorate, to be certain to use only food-grade dye for coloration — and if you plan to hide those eggs, be careful not to crack the shell, or bacteria could contaminate the center. Furthermore, eggs should be hidden in areas where they won’t be exposed to dirt, pets and other bacteria sources. Hard boiled eggs should be chilled in the fridge until just before the hunt. The total time for hiding and hunting eggs should be no more than two hours. Any eggs found hours later or the next day should be destroyed, as they’re unsafe for consumption.
Eggs are also key components of Passover celebrations, but any Seder plate that egg sits out at room temperature for more than two hours should also be destroyed. Since the hard-cooked eggs typically served to each person as part of the special dinner are meant to be eaten, keep them in the refrigerator until just prior to serving time.
Previously on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:
- The dangers associated with giving small animals as Easter gifts
- Food safety for holiday gatherings
- Cooking techniques to prevent Salmonella poisoning
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