The Big Reason Why Americans Refrigerate Eggs While Europeans Do Not

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It’s odd discussing about eggs and whether they should be in the refrigerator or not. In the USA, People don’t really give a second thought of such things as it is around the world. Eggs of course like all food need tom be in the fridge, it’s as simple as that or is it?? What you may not know that in the other end of the world, the Europeans don’t do so. Then, why is it that Americans refrigerate eggs when Europeans are dead against it. What gives?? The answer is in the fact why two different cultures practice the opposite in preventing catching a bug. Hers the reason why.


1 The main issue is a deadly bug

The main issue isn’t refrigeration; it is the dreaded salmonella which is the bacteria responsible for the most common causes of food poisoning. Salmonella is evident and most likely present in almost all chicken farms. They can easily be present on the feces that one usually sees outside eggs sticking to the shell. But this can become even more dangerous when it infect the inside of the egg after infecting hen’s ovaries.

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2 The method of egg washing was started by the US

It was the US which perfected the method of egg washing way back in the seventies. Once eggs are laid and collected, they go straight into a machine for a shampoo with soap and hot water. The steam and hot water washes away feces and along with it traces of salmonella. But!! There is one big problem with washing eggs in such a manner.

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Eggs have a thin coating called a cuticle without which it cannot retain water and oxygen; neither can it protect the egg from harmful bacteria. The eggs are then vulnerable to spoil and infection which is why Amercia refrigerates eggs. The eggs are put into the fridge to keep out harmful bacteria from infecting them.

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