Why is it that in U.S. supermarkets, you find eggs in the refrigerated section, but in Europe, they sit on the shelves next to the flour and sugar? It all comes down to contamination prevention.
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Why Some Countries Refrigerate Their Eggs And Others Don't
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In the U.S., Australia, and Japan, eggs can be found in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets. In most other countries, eggs are stored at room temperature. 00:13
US egg producers prevent salmonella contamination by washing eggs. Keeping it cold can prevent any internal salmonella from spreading. 00:54
Washing eggs is illegal for producers in the E.U. because that removes the protective layer known as the cuticle, which could let in contaminants. 02:46
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