When it comes to egg safety, there’s no room for yolking around. The FDA has estimated that eggs contaminated with salmonella cause roughly 142,000 illnesses per year. Though you may have already made the choice to purchase organic eggs, there is still a chance that they can be contaminated with salmonella.
What, exactly, is salmonella? Salmonella is a type of bacteria that is transferred to eggs through infected hens. A chicken’s environment is easily contaminated by other carrier animals such as rodents, birds, and flies. Chickens show no signs of the illness, but they do give a small amount to their eggs. Though a small amount is harmless, the bacteria rapidly spreads if eggs aren’t cooled quickly or if they get too warm during shipment.
How can you avoid salmonella? Here are a few steps you can take.
At Chino Valley Ranchers, we take egg safety very seriously. That’s why we keep a well-maintained, clean environment for our chickens and ensure proper handling once the eggs are laid. If you have any questions about our processes, contact us today. We are happy to help!