Is the fridge the best place for your eggs?

Post by Jeff Stevens on 20th September 2013 in Refrigeration

Is the fridge the best place for your eggs?

A group of scientists claim to have cracked the contentious issue of whether eggs should be kept in the fridge.

While one school of thought is that eggs should be stored at a steady, cool temperature in the fridge to help reduce the chances of food poisoning, others believe room temperature is best. According to a report by the Daily Mail, the majority of Brits fall into the second group and as a nation we are the least likely of all Europeans to put eggs in the refrigerator.

However, new research has discovered that in terms of food safety it makes absolutely no difference whether you store eggs at room temperature or in the fridge.

The study, commissioned by the Daily Mail, tested two batches of eggs over a two-week period. One lot was stored at 6 degrees, while the other remained at room temperature. Eggs from both batches were tested for salmonella, E.coli, staphylococcus aureus, listeria and campylobacter, but both remained free of bacteria.   

Following the test, Jay Tolley, operations and quality manager at FoodTest, said: "There is no advantage in keeping the eggs refrigerated as opposed to storing them at ambient room temperature."

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