Have a Safe Egg Hunt

Will the Easter Bunny hide eggs around your house this year? If so, you may find the following egg safety tips valuable to keep your family safe from foodborne illnesses associated with eggs.

According to the DuPage County Health Department, Environmental Health Services, there are key points to remember when handling raw food, such as eggs. Here are some egg safety tips:

Food - Fact Sheet - Egg Hunt 2Before the Hunt
Use only eggs that have been refrigerated, and discard eggs that are cracked or dirty. After the eggs are cooked and cool enough to touch, place them in the refrigerator and store them there until the hunt. Hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Food - Fact Sheet - Egg Hunt 3During the Hunt
Hide the eggs so that they are in a clean spot to protect the shell from contamination. Also, write down where you hide the eggs so that no egg will be forgotten. To prevent bacterial growth, do not let the eggs sit out at room temperature for more than two hours.

Food - Fact Sheet - Egg Hunt 4After the Hunt
After the eggs are retrieved, store the eggs in the refrigerator until they are ready to be eaten. Discard any eggs that are cracked, dirty or that were held at room temperature for more than two hours.

Any raw food can be a source of bacteria, which can lead to illness. To prevent foodborne illness, the DuPage County Health Department recommends that hands be washed thoroughly before handling eggs at each preparation step. Secondly, thoroughly cook eggs and then keep them below 40°F in the refrigerator.