Why Are Eggs In Europe Not Refrigerated?

Why are eggs in the UK not refrigerated?

Dina Spector/Business Insider British supermarkets don’t refrigerate eggs.

In the UK, Grade A hen eggs may not be washed because the process is thought to “aid the transfer of harmful bacteria like salmonella from the outside to the inside of the egg,” according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland..

How long can you leave eggs unrefrigerated?

two hoursNo, after eggs are refrigerated, it is important they stay that way. Maintaining a consistent, cool temperature is critical to safety. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating bacteria growth. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than two hours before re-refrigeration.

What countries do not refrigerate eggs?

Many European countries, like the UK, vaccinate their hens to prevent the transmission of salmonella when the hens lay eggs. The vaccinations, in conjunction with the protection of the “cuticle,” are thought to protect the European eggs from bacteria, therefore they don’t refrigerate their eggs.

Do European eggs need to be refrigerated?

Therefore, it is considered unnecessary to refrigerate eggs in much of Europe. In fact, the European Union recommends that eggs be kept cool — but not refrigerated — in supermarkets to prevent them from warming up and forming condensation during your trip home.