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Egg Safety for National Food Safety Month >

On 09.27.2016 by Chantel Arsenault

When Ben Franklin said, “an ounce a prevention is worth a pound of cure,�? he may not have been thinking specifically about foodborne illness, but it still applies. Old Ben’s famous saying is especially relevant since it’s National Food Safety Month. Salmonella is the #1 bacteria-related foodborne illness, and there are about 1.4 million cases in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC. And 4 out of every 5 cases of Salmonella enteritidis are caused by raw or undercooked eggs. Egg pasteurization destroys bacteria and viruses, but the majority of eggs in your grocery store are not pasteurized. Remember 2010?  That year, 500 million fresh eggs were recalled due to Salmonella. Pasteurized eggs were the safest option then—and now. Safe eggs for every recipe Read More >

Pregnant? Follow these Food-Safe Tips >

On 09.01.2016 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Pregnancy is a time when you are keenly aware of caring for your health. And during this special time, food safety is particularly important, because your immune system may not be as strong as usual. Both mom and baby are at heightened susceptibility to foodborne illness. Pregnant moms at risk In fact, 1 in 7 people who contracts the foodborne illness called Listeriosis (caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria) is a pregnant woman, according to the CDC. This serious illness can result in miscarriage. Unpasteurized milk and soft cheese made from unpasteurized milk are major sources. Lunch meats, hot dogs, and smoked seafood can also be sources. Listeria grows even under refrigeration, so even processed meats, if contaminated, can be a problem if stored too long. Read More >

Try This: An Egg Safety Checkup >

On 08.04.2016 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Everyone knows that raw eggs can be a vehicle for dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella enteritidis. But do you know how to protect yourself from the risks of foodborne illness? A simple egg safety checkup can give you the answers. Just ask yourself these questions: After you crack an egg, do you cook it to a safe temperature of 160°F? Do you wash your hands so that they won’t spread any Salmonella to other foods and surfaces in your kitchen? Do you use Davidson’s™ pasteurized eggs? If you do, you do NOT need to follow #1 and #2. Egg safety findings Researchers publishing in the Journal of Food Protection (Vol. 79, No. 6, 2016) observed plenty of ordinary people preparing eggs, and here’s what they Read More >

Pasteurization Benefits for Eggs and Other Foods >

On 06.10.2016 by Molly Bray Yunek

Here at Davidson’s™ we are proud to offer safe, high-quality eggs to our customers. There are many factors that contribute to our superior quality including sourcing farm-fresh eggs from USDA-inspected farms and only using USDA-certified grade AA eggs—the highest grade available. Additionally, our patented pasteurization process eliminates the risk of Salmonella and other bacteria that lead to spoiling and foodborne illness. As a result, our eggs have been tested and approved by the American Culinary Federation for superior quality and flavor. What is pasteurization? While pasteurization is one of the things that make our eggs different, we are among many other items in the grocery store that also use heat treatment to improve quality. Originally developed in France as a way to preserve the taste Read More >

Celebrating Eggs Benedict >

On 04.14.2016 by Chantel Arsenault

April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day. And it’s one of our favorite holidays because it lets Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs prove their worth in the kitchen. What’s in Eggs Benedict? A classic Eggs Benedict recipe features simple ingredients: poached fresh eggs, Canadian bacon, toasted English muffins, and an authentic Hollandaise sauce. The four ingredients come together to create a luscious, satisfying meal. Feeling skittish about how to poach an egg—or how to make Hollandaise sauce? Poaching an egg takes just a few minutes. Here’s a video that shows you how to make poached eggs. Lots of variations exist, too. For example, you can use an egg poacher, which sets individual egg cups into a pan of simmering water. Variations on Eggs Benedict recipes There Read More >

Spinach and Ham Sweet Potato Hash >

On 03.24.2016 by Matt Ivan

With Easter being the big food holiday in March, you may find yourself with a plethora of leftover ham—if you’re like me, you will for sure. My friends, family, and I make it a point to enjoy epic, elaborate meals that somehow always provide more food than we need. Good thing we all love leftovers too! You look in the fridge and see a large container of leftover bone-in ham plus extra sweet potatoes you tried to fit into the pan, but somehow that five pound bag doesn’t always fit. Naturally you should make spinach and ham sweet potato hash. All you need is a few more ingredients, including Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs, for a hearty Easter themed brunch recipe. It’s ideal for feeding Read More >

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Recommend Pasteurized Eggs >

On 01.15.2016 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

How do you promote personal health and reduce your risk of chronic illnesses? One answer is to follow the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines present advice for nutrition, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and food safety—as defined by current science. Raw eggs? Use pasteurized eggs As for food safety, the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend using pasteurized eggs for any recipe that calls for raw eggs, saying, “Always use pasteurized eggs or egg products when preparing foods that are made with raw eggs (e.g., eggnog, smoothies and other drinks, hollandaise sauce, ice cream, and uncooked cookie dough).�? Many people don’t know this, but most eggs in cartons are not pasteurized. Davidson’s Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs eliminate Read More >

Eggs: Safe from Avian Flu? >

On 05.04.2015 by Chantel Arsenault

Do news reports about outbreaks of avian flu or “bird flu�? have you wondering? Recent news of avian flu findings in North America began appearing in December, 2014.  According to Agri-Pulse (April 23, 2015), “The H5N2 strain of avian influenza was first confirmed in January in the Pacific Northwest and has since spread to the Midwest, and recently to Iowa, the nation’s top egg-producing state.�? Avian flu was also confirmed to have spread to Nebraska. On May 14, Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts, declared a state of emergency due to the avian flu outbreak, joining Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa as states that have taken the same action so far. As many as 47 million birds have been affected by the virus, and egg prices continue to Read More >

What is pasteurized? >

On 04.22.2015 by Chantel Arsenault

Many people hear the word pasteurized and wonder exactly what it involves. The term pasteurized refers to the all-natural technique of applying heat to food products for a precise period of time. The goal? To eliminate bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. Some of the most commonly pasteurized foods are: Milk Cheese Yogurt Eggs Juice Butter Ice Cream Honey Almonds and other nuts Vinegars Wine & beer Lobster meat Crab meat The Salmonella factor Did you know? Salmonella bacteria are the number-one culprits of foodborne illness. Animals, such as chickens, can harbor the bacteria without showing signs of sickness. This means any part of an unpasteurized egg can harbor Salmonella bacteria. According to analysis by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), one in every 50 Read More >

How Do You Like Your Eggs? >

On 07.28.2014 by Chantel Arsenault

When it comes to egg safety, how you cook your eggs makes all the difference. To be safe from Salmonella, an egg needs to be cooked to 160°F. Did you know? Most egg cooking styles don’t get you there. So let’s take a look at how people like their eggs—scrambled (34%), sunny-side-up (32%), as omelets (19%), poached (5%), or other styles, such as soft boiled eggs or eggs over hard. Cracking open pasteurized eggs for your egg recipes makes all these egg cooking styles safe. Egg favorites Here are more facts about how we like our eggs, as cited by the American Eating Trends Report: People tend to eat more eggs on weekends – what a treat! Most people enjoy eggs as part of a Read More >