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How We Pasteurize Eggs

How We Pasteurize Safest Choice® Eggs

  1. We start with clean, fresh eggs. Hens at these farms are fed diets that are free of hormones, antibiotics, and animal by-products.
  2. The eggs are then submerged in a water bath, where computer-controlled temperature zones monitor and assure accurate pasteurization.
  3. The combination of time and temperature heats the eggs in their shells to the exact temperature needed to help destroy bacteria, to effectively and safely manage the risk from Salmonella—without cooking the egg.
  4. After pasteurization, the eggs are sealed with an FDA-approved, food-grade wax coating to prevent contamination and preserve product freshness.
  5. After pasteurization, the eggs are dried, cooled, and then stamped with a Red Circle P, which identifies them as pasteurized by the Safest Choice® precision-pasteurization process.
  6. The newly marked safe eggs are packaged in retail or foodservice packs, dated, labeled, and stored under refrigeration below 45°F.

Help keep your family safe! Safest Choice egg pasteurization reduces the risk of Salmonella bacteria.

You can count on Safest Choice for the highest quality pasteurized eggs available. In fact, Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs have earned the ACF Seal of Approval for culinary performance.

The Safest Choice pasteurization facilities and production are managed under controlled HACCP (rigorous food safety) procedures, adhering to defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for safe food processing. They also have Orthodox Union Kosher approval.

FAQs about Pasteurized Eggs

What is pasteurization and is it safe?

Pasteurization is the use of heat to help destroy bacteria. The methods used in pasteurization are safe and have protected our food supply from dangerous bacteria for many years. Everyday items that are pasteurized include milk, cheese, and juice.

Aren't all eggs pasteurized?

No. Liquid eggs are pasteurized, but the majority of eggs you buy in a carton at the grocery store are NOT pasteurized. You can identify a Safest Choice® precision-pasteurized egg by the red Circle P stamped on the shell.

Can I pasteurize my own eggs at home?

The USDA says no, as the precision equipment to do so is not available for home use.

How do pasteurized eggs compare in taste and quality?

If you're serious about culinary quality, you'll be happy to know that Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs earned the prestigious American Culinary Federation Seal of Approval in 2010. The ACF applied rigorous testing criteria to the eggs, evaluating for application, physical properties, performance, and more—testing for a variety of cooking and baking applications.

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