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Are Easter Eggs Safe to Eat?
Hunting for Easter eggs is a favorite pastime for many. But how are those eggs afterwards? Are they safe to eat?
To ensure an enjoyable holiday celebration, follow these egg safety guidelines:
- Open cartons of eggs before you buy them. Don't purchase cartons with cracked eggs.
- Like other high-protein foods, eggs should not be left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. This goes for both raw and cooked eggs.
- To minimize health risks, cook two sets of eggs—one for an Easter egg hunt or centerpiece display and the other for eating. That way, the eggs you eat can stay properly refrigerated.
Use all leftover cooked eggs within one week to prevent foodborne illness. Add eggs to green salads, make egg salad or eat them sliced on toast.
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