For information on how to handle Eggs
visit Canadian Egg Marketing Association
Get Cracking Eggs. Go to the Egg Facts section and then, "Egg Handling at Home"
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Fact Sheet Food Tips for Eggs
How long can I keep hard boiled eggs (with the shell on) in the fridge?
Eggs can contain such bacteria as salmonella. Explain how cooking eggs makes them safe to eat.
I have heard that raw eggs aren't good for you. Could you please clarify this?
How long can hard boiled eggs be left at room temperature? We are coloring eggs for Easter.
Hard cooked eggs may be stored in the fridge, either with the shell on or shelled and covered (in the carton), for as long as one week. They make a great breakfast on the run.
If eggs are thoroughly cooked, the temperature reached during the cooking destroys bacteria such as salmonella. For more information see the CFIA pamphlet on Salmonella.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada recommend that consumers do not consume raw or lightly cooked eggs such as Caesar salad dressings, soft cooked eggs, eggnog, and raw cookie dough or cake batter. However the Canadian egg industry makes the following recommendations with regard to consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs:
The consumption of raw/lightly cooked eggs is a personal choice which needs to be determined by each individual.
Since you plan to eat the hard boiled eggs it is essential to follow safe food handling guidelines. The eggs will need to be kept refrigerated as much as possible between hard cooking, decorating and display (or hiding). The total amount of time spent at room temperature should not exceed 2 hours. If necessary, display the hard cooked eggs on ice. Remember to use non-toxic dye and decorations.
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