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Why can shelled eggs be received at an air temp of 45degrees

Answer
Hi Tanya,

Shell eggs can be received at 45 degrees air temp because at this temperature Salmonella enteritidis(SE) does not grow.  SE has been associated with shelled eggs and it has been found that if you keep the temperature at 45 degrees or below, SE does not grow. This is why the FDA food code states that fresh shell eggs must be received at 45 degrees or below.

In Illinois where I live, eggs can be received at 45 degrees F but then must be placed in a refrigherator that will hold them at 41 degrees or below.

Hope this answers your question.  If you should have additional questions, please let me know.

Happy 4th.

Carol

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Carol Schlitt

Expertise

I can answer questions on home food safety, sanitation and home food preservation.

Experience

I am a former Extension educator, nutrition, wellness and food safety, having retired August 1, 2010. I am a food safety instructor for the Illinois Department of Public Health, a ServSafe Instructor/Proctor and have my own company, Safe & Savory Solutions, Inc - www.safeandsavorysolution.com

Organizations
National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Past President and current Historian), St. Louis Culinary Society.

Education/Credentials
BS - University of Illinois MS - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

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