DPHSS offers safe handling tips for Easter egg hunts

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2018; 4:50pm

DPHSS Release No. 2018 – 026

The Easter season is the time for Easter egg hunt activities which are fun holiday traditions for many families on Guam.  The Department of Public Health and Social Services encourages the public to use plastic eggs instead of real eggs during egg hunting activities to prevent food-borne illnesses from potentially occurring.

If you do decide to use real eggs, the following food safety reminders should be observed:

  1. Inspect all egg cartons before purchasing and avoid any cartons with cracked eggs.  Only use eggs that are intact and without cracks. Be sure and inspect the eggs before purchasing them, making sure they are not dirty or cracked.  Dangerous bacteria may enter a cracked egg.
  1. Store all eggs with their cartons in the refrigerator as soon as possible.  Taking eggs out of the carton is not recommended as the carton will protect the eggs from easily cracking and prevent the eggs from leaking onto other foods should the eggs crack.
  1. Remember to keep eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator and not stored in the door compartment.
  1. Check your refrigerator temperature with an appliance thermometer and adjust the refrigerator temperature to 41 ºF.
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and rinse them before handling the eggs when cooking, cooling, dyeing, and hiding them.
  1. When boiling the eggs, make sure the water reaches a temperature of 185 – 195 ºF.  Cool the eggs in cool water or simply air dry before decorating.
  1. Be careful in hiding the eggs.  Do not place the eggs where they might come in contact with pets, wild animals, birds, reptiles, and lawn chemicals.
  1. Throw out or do not eat any eggs that are cracked, soiled or dirty, and any eggs that have been kept out from the refrigerator for more than two (2) hours.
  1. Ensure all eggs that were hidden are found.  You don’t want them found the following year during the next Easter egg hunt!

The public is encouraged to follow these egg hunting food safety tips for an enjoyable Easter season to prevent food-borne illnesses.

For information and inquiries, please contact the Division of Environmental Health by email at dphss-deh@dphss.guamdev.com or call 735-7221.

 

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