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Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs FAQ

Why 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. The Safest Choice™ egg pasteurization process eliminates the risk of Salmonella and other dangerous microbes like Avian flu virus. Learn how we pasteurize eggs.

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.

Where can I find your eggs?

You can find Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs at more than 3000 grocery stores across the US. See the Store Locator.

Look for the red circle "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.

Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs eliminate the risk and dangers of egg-borne illness caused by Salmonella bacteria. Yet Safest Choice™ eggs look, cook, and taste just like other eggs. Just look for the red circle "P".

What benefits do your Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs give me?

Because Safest Choice™ Pasteurized 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 red Circle P stamped on your pasteurized eggs?

We mark our eggs with a red Circle P at the end of the pasteurization process. Always look for the red Circle P and you'll know the egg you're using has been pasteurized by the Safest Choice™ precision-pasteurization method. Enjoy them—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 hens cage free?

We protect public health by pasteurizing safe eggs in both cage free and conventional egg options under the Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs brand.  The hens that lay our eggs are kept in a housing system that adheres to the strict guidelines of the United Egg Producer Animal Welfare Plan, and our cage free eggs come from a separate egg farm that adheres to Certified Humane® cage free standards.

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.

In what sizes do you offer Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs?

Currently, we offer Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs these ways:

  • In grocery stores, you can buy our eggs as Large, 1 dozen per pack – all-natural or cage free
  • In foodservice, you can buy our eggs as Medium, Large or Extra Large in 15 dozen cases packed loose in foodservice flats—all-natural or cage free eggs.

Can I have some coupons for your eggs?

Yes! Visit our coupon page.

How far past the sell-by date can I use Safest Choice™ eggs?

Safest Choice™ 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, Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs are good for 4 - 6 weeks past the sell-by date.

Why don't Safest Choice™ 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."

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