Skip to comments.American Exceptionalism, Refrigerated Eggs
Posted on 04/21/2014 10:58:30 AM PDT by not2be4gotten.com
I have noticed in the last few years of my travels, from London to Mexico City, that only the USA refrigerates its eggs for sale.
Is this true?
Is there any other country that refrigerates its eggs?
If not, then why do we refrigerate our eggs?
Our lawyers are better than their lawyers.
US regulations require that eggs be power-washed, which removes all organic matter (and any harmful bacteria) but also strips the egg’s shell of its protective coating, thus rendering it more porous and open to contamination.
Forgot this part:
The USDA also requires that eggs be sold under refrigeration, regardless of how they are washed, so even your super-crunchy health food stores are going to keep their eggs in the refrigerator or risk being shut down.
If you go to a grocery store - even a convenience store - here in the Czech Republic, the eggs are refrigerated; however, if you go to most folks homes, no the eggs aren’t refrigerated. Most people here just put them either on a shelf in the kitchen cabinet or leave them on the counter.
Of course, there’s plenty of farmer’s markets as well, particularly a massive one in Prague, and I haven’t seen the eggs refrigerated there.
Putting them in the refrigerator gives the consumer impression of freshness, even if it doesn’t matter.
Or - the FDA demands it, because their bureau of poultry management has nothing better to do.
My bet it is the fresh foods street markets and cultures who shop daily that you have observed...???
So should bureaucrats, for just about any purpose...
Very astute!!!! LOL
Our dense chicken farms increase the risk of Salmonela. And as our eggs are scrubbed, rinsed, dried, and sprayed with a chlorine mist, the protective cuticle may be compromised. This is a natural barrier that comes from the mother hen that lays the egg, and it acts as a shield against bacteria.
So we keep the cold to help prevent the growth of bacteria.
On our nuclear powered Submarines, there is not sufficient space in the refer to store “fresh eggs”. The ones that we carried when I was in were stored in boxes in the bilge spaces. These eggs were scrubbed as noted above but were coated with a thin coating of parrafin. They would keep fine for about 6-8 weeks.
The fact that eggs keep without being refrigerated is what led to the Easter Egg.
When early Christians fasted for Lent in the early days (first millennium, etc.), they were much more hard core: no meat, but also no fish, no eggs, no nothing that would offend a vegan.
You could delay butchering your animals until after Lent. You could make your milk into cheese, and eat it later. But eggs just piled up. So went the fast was broken on Easter, everybody ate eggs. Lots of eggs. Oh, have mercy, lots of eggs.
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