Eggs are the most nutritious and healthy food. They contain 18 vitamins, proteins and minerals and are highly versatile. Almost all types of eggs are available for consumption but the mostly consumed ones are the hens eggs.
The eggs from bantams, ducks, quails and geese are also available and come in various flavors and sizes.
People from all over the world love consuming eggs especially for breakfast and prepare them in different ways. Eggs are extremely easy to prepare and highly nutritious and healthy.
These are the reasons why people buy great amount of eggs and keep them either in room temperature or in a fridge. However, recently there were some forum debates regarding whether eggs should be kept in a fridge or not. People have different opinions, some of them, especially those from Australia, Japan and North America prefer to keep the eggs in a refrigerator, while those from the smaller countries prefer to keep them at room temperature.
Non- refrigerated eggs have greater risk to get salmonella. In the Journal of Food Protection it was stated that inserting salmonella in vitro is more successful in non-cold rather than in cold eggs. However, the National Public Radio advises that the eggs should not be kept in refrigerator.
According to them there are numerous protection measures undertaken in US in order to fight salmonella, such as washing, inspections and tracking of the eggs to the store.
Most of the chickens in Europe are vaccinated against salmonella, so people do not need to worry about getting this bacterium. As FDA has stated, these vaccines are very efficient in the prevention of salmonella. According to Marianne Gravely, who is a technical information expert at the Service of USDA’s Food Safety claims that the eggs should be kept at room temperature only for two hours since we do not know whether the eggs are pathogen-free.
Moreover, this bacterium do not changes the taste, smell and the appearance of the eggs, so no one is able to determine whether the chicken was infested with salmonella or not regardless of the place where the eggs were bought (the farmer’s market or grocery store). You should decide what is the most correct thing to do but do not forget that it is better to prevent a disease rather than to handle with it.