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No Need for a Rotten Egg, Food Safety this Easter


Friday is egg-citing day in the Hermanson household.

"Should I dye it all pink or half pink?" says one of Heather Hermanson's kids while another asks, "Can we mix red and yellow?"

"Whatever color you feel," replies Hermanson.

With all the pretty colors and fun patterns, it can be easy to forget about egg safety.

"I know some people like to leave them on the counter. My great grandma used to do that," says Hermanson.

She makes sure to store them in the fridge. It's exactly what Raechelle Cline with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says to do.

"No more than 2 hours is advisable on eggs -- to leave them out from refrigeration," says Cline.

Leaving them out allows for bacteria to grow. Eggs should be stored in the fridge at 41 degrees or lower. And keeping them cool isn't the only reason you shouldn't use hard boiled eggs for an Easter egg hunt.

"Once you have cooked an egg, it loses the protective seal," says Cline.

That means you'll be eating dirt, fertilizer, animal matter or anything on the ground when you crack open the shell.

"So we want to make sure everyone is hiding those eggs above ground level, so they don't have chemicals permeating that shell," says Cline.

"We just use food coloring and water. I do it the old way... and the kids like experimenting with different colors," says Hermanson.

"Try to use only food grade dyes for dyeing your eggs," says Cline.

She says food coloring, vegetables and any of the dye kits you buy at the store are food grade quality.


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