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3 Steps to Eat Eggs Safely

Stay unharmed while reaping the benefits of this poultry produce.

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| Contributor Content| UPDATED: June 5, 2018, 12:14 PM IST
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Eggs could be the breeding grounds of bacteria like Salmonella. The recent Eggs recall in the US puts the spotlight on how we can take preventive measures to stay safe while eating healthy-nutritious eggs, every day. Eliminating eggs from your diet due to such news in another part of the world is not something you may need to consider; however, you must practice the following points to keep up your hygiene factor and stay unharmed while reaping the benefits this poultry produce has to offer:

1. Wash Your Hands

The first and foremost precaution comes for your hands. You must wash your hands with hot-soapy water before and after handling raw eggs (or meat or any other poultry product). It will keep salmonella or other bacteria from spreading to other foods like toasts, paranthas, etc.

2. High Temperature

Cook eggs to a minimum 160 degree internal temperature to kill the bacteria that could be straining raw eggs. As per experts, the safest egg recipes are hard-boiled eggs, over-hard eggs instead of sunny side-up, scrambled eggs, and baked egg dishes like quiche, as during the preparation the temperature easily reaches the recommended levels. You must ensure that all the egg white as well as the yolk is settled and firm, there’s no runny part, and if you have to insert a toothpick it must come out clean.

3. Safe Storage

Keep raw eggs away from fresh fruits and veggies in your refrigerator to avoid transferring bacteria and microbes. Raw eggs must not come in contact with other fresh foods to keep the bacteria from spreading in your entire pantry.
First Published: June 5, 2018, 12:13 PM IST
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