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Why Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs

Davidson's Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs FAQ

Why Davidson's Safest Choice® pasteurized eggs?

When it comes to food safety, eggs are a food to take seriously. Salmonella bacteria in food cause more than 1 million illnesses, more than 19,000 hospitalizations, and 378 deaths in the US every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Among bacteria, Salmonella are the number-one cause of foodborne illness. Did you know that 4 out of 5 Salmonella Enteritidis foodborne illness (food poisoning) cases come from raw or undercooked eggs? This makes egg safety a crucial part of your wellness plan. As we've seen from egg recalls, this is because eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella on the farm. Davidson's™ egg pasteurization eliminates the risk of Salmonella and other dangerous microbes like Avian flu virus. Learn how we pasteurize eggs.

Where can I find your eggs?

You can find Davidson's Safest Choice® pasteurized eggs at more than 3000 grocery stores across the US. See the Store Locator.

Look for the blue "P"

When you prevent Salmonella from entering your kitchen, you eliminate the risk of cross contamination. The spreading of germs through cross contamination in the kitchen is one of the ways dangerous microbes like Salmonella get into other foods and cause foodborne illness, according to the CDC.

Davidson's™ pasteurized eggs eliminate the risk and dangers of egg-borne illness caused by Salmonella bacteria. Yet Davidson's™ eggs look, cook, and taste just like other eggs. Just look for the blue "P".

What benefits do your Davidson's™ pasteurized eggs give me?

Because Davidson's™ eggs are pasteurized, we've eliminated the risk of harmful Salmonella bacteria and viruses. This means you can prepare our eggs any way you'd like, and you don't have to worry about direct exposure to Salmonella or egg-related cross contamination in your kitchen. Why risk getting yourself, family, or friends sick?

Why do you use a wax coating on your pasteurized eggs?

We apply a thin layer of food-grade wax to seal in the freshness of our eggs and to further keep out any harmful bacteria the eggs could encounter once they leave our facility. This wax coating is barely noticeable and completely safe.

Why is the blue P stamped on your pasteurized eggs?

We mark our eggs with a blue P at the end of the pasteurization process. The blue P is your assurance that Davidson’s™ pasteurized eggs are the safest choice for you and your family. They’re safe any style—even raw.

Why would I use your pasteurized eggs when I can use liquid eggs that are pasteurized?

Liquid eggs are also pasteurized, and thus safe for many applications in place of regular eggs. However, with liquid eggs, you cannot prepare fried eggs over easy or sunny-side up, nor can you poach or soft boil liquid eggs. Many culinary techniques just won't work with liquid eggs. Finally, the processing liquid eggs go through changes the flavor significantly. Pasteurized eggs taste great and are perfect when you can't compromise a recipe that calls for real eggs. Pasteurized eggs are also a simplified and exact measure, as many recipes call for a number of eggs, not ounces or cups of eggs. They're a great solution for egg safety.

Where do you get the eggs you pasteurize?

All of our eggs come from family-owned and operated, USDA-inspected farms.

What do your hens eat?

The hens that lay our eggs are fed a corn and soy-based diet that contains no animal byproducts or animal fats.

Are your hens fed hormones?

No. Our farms do not use hormones for any of their hens.

Are your eggs fertile?

No, our eggs are not fertile. They are the reproductive product of the laying hen that has not had contact with a male rooster. Eggs that are sold as fertile eggs signify that a rooster was present when the eggs were laid and can be incubated and possibly developed into chicks. Fertile eggs are not more nutritious than non-fertile eggs, do not keep as well as non-fertile eggs, and are more expensive to produce. Fertile eggs may contain a small amount of male hormone, but there are no known advantages to fertile eggs.

Why are the yolks in your eggs brighter yellow than other eggs?

The color of the egg yolk is dependent upon the feed of the hen. The corn and soy-based vegetarian diet we feed our hens helps create the deep yellow egg yolk.

Can I have some coupons for your eggs?

Yes! Visit our coupon page.

How far past the sell-by date can I use Davidson's™ eggs?

Davidson's™ pasteurized eggs have a much longer shelf life than unpasteurized eggs. They maintain great quality, taste, and safety throughout their shelf life. When kept refrigerated, Davidson's™ pasteurized eggs are good for 4 - 6 weeks past the sell-by date.

Why don't Davidson's™ pasteurized eggs have the warning label that most eggs have about keeping eggs refrigerated?

Great question! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published an egg labeling rule in 2000 requiring that egg packages contain this info on the label: "SAFE HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: To prevent illness from bacteria: keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly." When you check egg cartons in your grocery store, you'll see one exception: pasteurized eggs. This is because the FDA rule says, "Eggs that have been pasteurized while in the shell have been treated specifically to kill all live Salmonella and, therefore, are not subject to this regulation."