Two years ago i went on a school trip to China, and while in china I stayed with a host family. I didn’t know how to speak the language very well but I knew some phrases. While out on an outing with my hose family we went to the grocery store in search of some items to make “An all american breakfast”. I was able to find everything I needed except for the eggs. I asked (meaning I typed into a translator), my host family why there wasn’t any eggs in the coolers, and they proceeded to laugh at me. Apparently in China they don’t store eggs in coolers, but rather they store them out on a counter.
That got me very puzzled, I just shrugged it off and continued to shop. But that experience has always lingers in the back of mind. Why does the US and a few other countries store our eggs in coolers but the rest of the world does not?
According to this article, the reason why some countries refrigerate their eggs and other don’t is how to go after bacteria in them or how much energy we want to put into having safe eggs. About one hundred years ago everyone washed their eggs but there were many ways to do it wrong. A batch of eggs from Australia spoiled and that left a bad impression on the British importers. With the help of machines, in the 1970’s the Department of Agriculture had created the perfect way to wash eggs and required all egg producers to do it. During that time many European countries didn’t like egg washing and Asian countries never hopped on the bandwagon.
Once you start the cleaning process, you must keep up with it and take care if the eggs. If you wash it once and then leave it, you are just spoiling the eggs. It is all about flushing out the bacteria and keeping with the process. If you just want to go crazy and eat non refrigerated eggs thats perfectly fine too. Just be cautious of where you are getting them from, but most likely when you buy eggs from a grocery store, in any country you won’t get sick.