March 1997 Issue

Dyeing and Decorating Doesn't Protect Eggs

Eggs are a highly perishable food—raw or cooked—and Easter eggs are no exception. Like all eggs, Easter eggs should not be eaten if they've been out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. But doesn't cooking kill bacteria? Yes, but as with any cooked food, contamination can occur after cooking. And being at room temperature provides prime growing conditions for microorganisms. Moreover, cooking destroys the coating on shells that gives eggs some

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