Eggs and food hygiene are two topics that don’t always go hand in hand. Eggs are the produce of the rear end of chickens, to put it bluntly. What is more is that after collection they may not be cleaned, by law! However, this does happens. Some egg farms separate dirty eggs together and instead of being destroyed the farmer will place a worker to wash them with some kind of brush and water. This happens especially in countries where hygiene inspection is not all it should be. Also, in chicken runs that have older chickens in them the rate of egg laying drops. This means that eggs may not usually collected for several days. On top of that, the lack of human presents allows rats to roam freely and eat eggs. Their trail of Urine will be on the eggs that remain intact.
Chicken farms keep hens in very crowded conditions. All their bodily functions occur in that same space. Typically six hens are kept in a small cage of about 60 to 70 centimeters in length. The Hen has a water channel in front of the cage which is communal to all the cages in the row and similarly a feed channel. Underneath the cage runs a belt which is rotated periodically to a place into which the feces drops into a worm operated channel that takes the feces out of the building. However, this is the good scenario. In many countries the feces simply collects on the floor and is not collected until the chickens are changed.Other battery visitors may include snakes, otters, weasels, martins, pole cats, mongoose, pigeons and more.
Because of all of these factors the hens production life is of great importance to the farmers and it is for this reason that they often give hens large quantities of antibiotics that find their way into the eggs and effect humans by killing many essential species of bacteria that need to be in the human digestive system. This can directly effect your health and that of the very young and the elderly particularly.
Some eggs are sterilized by radiation. This, however is no guarantee that antibiotics will be destroyed. Personally, I do my very best not to eat eggs as do many veterinarians, doctors and food hygiene experts.
Eggs should be stored in a closed container when in the fridge. and I do mean air sealed. Also, the storage container should be washed and soaked in sterilizing fluid before filling it with a new batch of eggs. Do not put uncooked eggs in food preparation surfaces, put them in a side trolley or in a dish in the sink. Throw eggs shells away immediately after you open the eggs and then wash your hands. Eggs should be opened individually into a small bowl and examined for freshness before adding to the bowl with the opened eggs in it. After all direct contact with eggs wash hands and dishes immediately in hot water and detergent before continuing with the dish being prepared. Never serve raw eggs in any way. Never serve soft boiled eggs or eggs with a liquid yolk. The risks are just too great. Also,never buy eggs that have been kept in warm conditions, (not refrigerated). With eggs the rule of thumb is to always err on the side of caution.