(08/26/2010)
By Brandy Brabham
WVU Extension Agent

Are those eggs safe? How can you tell?

Don't be overly worried by the voluntary recall of some shell eggs.

You can check the safety of eggs you buy just by comparing information on the cartoon with the list of recalled eggs.

The updated list is on the website maintained by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The list and related explanations about the recall are at the following web address www.fda.gov

Or, you may find the list by going to www.foodsafety.gov Then clicking on the line that says: "How can I tell if my eggs have been recalled?"

Nutrition experts with West Virginia University Extension Service, who follow safety guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, remind you that eggs not involved in the recall still must be handled properly.

Before you buy eggs, check for cracks. Bacteria can enter eggs through cracks in the shell. So, never purchase cracked eggs.

However, if eggs crack on the way home from the store, break them into a clean container, cover it tightly, keep it refrigerated and use the eggs within two days.

When you are ready to use the eggs, cook them thoroughly.

Eggs must be cooked before they are consumed.

The Calhoun County WVU Extension Service office provides a variety of food safety and nutrition education programs, including family nutrition program classes for adults and youth.

For more information about Calhoun County programs call the office at 304-354-6332.

For more food safety information and for details about WVU Extension Service educational programs, check the WVU-ES website   ext.wvu.edu


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