Refrigerating eggs

Refrigerating eggs

Refrigerating eggs is not necessary, and that in many countries outside the US, eggs are kept at room temperature. US regulations require that eggs be power-washed, which removes all organic matter (and any harmful bacteria) but also strips the egg's shell of its protective coating, thus rendering it more porous and open to contamination. A synthetic coating is often applied in commercial operations to combat this but the eggs are still refrigerated.

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