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The Truth About Egg Products Revealed

If someone asked you to describe an egg, you would describe it as, “an oval shaped object that contains a white or brown shell, yolk, egg white (albumen) and tons of nutrients”. However, if they were also asked you to talk about what an egg product was, you would probably scratch your head and say, “Ummm, I dunnnnooo.” Well, after reading this article, you’ll have a better idea of what egg products are and how you can best protect you and your family from contaminants that have been linked to them.

Before we begin, let’s define egg product. An egg product refers to eggs that have been removed from their shells for ease of handling, storage and convenience. Just like eggs, they contain yolks, egg whites, nutrients, etc. but they also undergo pasteurizing processes to help prevent bacteria from developing and to help them last longer. These egg products are widely used by hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, and individuals and are typically used in baking or cooking.

To make egg products, you don’t have a ton of factory workers sitting around cracking egg and adding chemicals to them. Instead they are processed under USDA regulated conditions and automated equipment moves the eggs from flats, washes and sanitizes the shells, breaks the eggs, separates the whites and yolks and makes a mixture that is then filtered, mixed and chilled. If the egg products are to be utilized for human consumption, they undergo another process in which they are rapidly heated and held at a required temperature which destroys bacteria, like salmonella, but doesn’t cook the eggs or affect their color, flavor, or value. Some examples of pasteurized egg products would be imitation egg products (like Egg Beaters).

Therefore, if you’re considering utilizing egg products there are certain things that you should do:
• Buy only pasteurized egg products that have been USDA inspected (specifically FSIS).
• Always refrigerator products and keep them at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
• You can store frozen egg products for up to a year at 0 degrees Fahrenheit but it cannot be refrozen after thawed.
• If you choose to thaw it out, you should do so under cold water.
• Carefully watch those expiration dates and don’t use egg products after the posted date. In addition, always follow manufacturer recommendations for storage and usage to ensure optimal freshness and quality.

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