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U.S. eggs are illegal in Britain because they are washed. British eggs are illegal in the U.S. because they are not
      made by JustAnotherBrit


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2 years ago #9539618        
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I liked this explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJwO5SdGcLk

2 years ago #9499997        
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I did notice everyone was weirdly terrified of raw eggs in America. They told me they could be full of salmonella, which seemed odd to me, as I've eaten plenty of dishes with raw egg in them at home in Australia, including raw egg drinks, and never been sick from them. Americans washing their eggs could be the reason: it removes the protective antibacterial coating. They also refrigerated their eggs, which is never to be recommended, it harms the egg immune system.... So this little snippet explains a lot. Thankyou.


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9 months ago #9732725        
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I bet they are just doing that because they just want to hate eatch other.

2 years ago #9608144        
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Farm fresh eggs are great-- you wash them before you cook with them. Eggs bought from the store go bad a lot quicker BECAUSE they wash them before packaging. Growing up on a farm gives you an advantage to enjoying eggs a lot more.

The packaging on cake mixes and the like have stern warnings "DO NOT CONSUME RAW DOUGH" because of the 'potential' salmonella risk, even though I think the eggs are sterilized anyway?? No clue. Blame the FDA.


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3 years ago #9479353        
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This is why I buy my eggs at the farm down the road and not at the market.

10 days ago #9797867        
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Different strategies to contain salmonella infection. As I understand it:

In the US, the approach is to take no chances - mistrust the supply chain, treat every egg as though it's infected. So eggs are warm-/hot-washed and treated with a chemical sanitizer to remove faecal matter and bacteria. At that point, for the moment, they're largely salmonella-free. BUT. The mandated process destroys the cuticle (the shell's natural outer protective barrier), so the eggs then need to be stored chilled to prevent new or remaining bacteria spreading into the interior.

Which is why (a) you'll find US eggs in the shop chiller compartments, and (b) even then, they don't have a particularly long shelf life.

In the EU (including the UK), the approach is to secure the supply chain and get rid of the salmonella at source. All mass-production poultry flocks are immunised. So there's then basically no need to wash the eggs in the first place, nor to chill them. But when people aren't used to having to store eggs chilled, allowing the sale of washed eggs such as those from the US would substantially increase the risk of mishandling and infection. So we don't.

It's also why Americans and Europeans can never find the eggs when they try to shop in each other's countries.

(Australia confuses matters by washing eggs but not then mandating that they be refrigerated - simply recommending it if you plan to keep them long. Apparently, not all strains of salmonella are equal; some are able to penetrate the shell after washing, some aren't. Those found in Australia, mostly aren't, so they can - broadly - get away with a more relaxed approach. But Oz does also seem to have a significantly higher incidence of human salmonella infections than the EU or US.)

1 month ago #9793484        
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I see....

4 months ago #9779100        
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Yeah, the FDA amen the USDA aren’t exactly filled with geniuses. But suggest we don’t need the bureaucrats and people fly off at the handle.

12 months ago #9707034        
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It's funny, how are eggs are cleaned and yet people still worry about salmonella. I made a French silk pie once and my aunt refused to eat it since it had raw eggs. It was ok, I got to eat her share


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Lumoseo

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1 year ago #9683800        
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You... wash eggs? I've heard of eggwash, but...


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1 year ago #9681961        
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This is such a good illustration for this factcard!

1 year ago #9656669        
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It's... Weird here. Farmers are meant to wash them, but they can be on the store shelves just fine. Better to put them in the fridge from store to home, though, just in case.

2 years ago #9591616        
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Wow, interesting.

2 years ago #9550728        
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@Rosin
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The blanket is a human invention. What reason do you have to believe baby chickens would even know what a blanket is? :P

2 years ago #9530356        
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are eggs alive


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StevenU

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2 years ago #9530351        
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in malta we take chicken eggs and put them in the box and sell


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