When it comes to egg storage, Australians are apparently either fervently in one corner or the other. In the wake of Cyclone Debbie, Queensland’s health department unwittingly sparked the debate when, during ongoing power outages in the state’s north, it offered advice on the lifespan of unrefrigerated food.
The advice to throw eggs out after just four hours without electricity was met with immediate incredulity.
One person commented: “Why are there eggs there? Ours do fine in the cupboard without power,” while another responded with the comment, “Who the hell keeps eggs in the cupboard? Bet you keep sauce in the fridge too.” And on it went.
It prompted a Queensland Health intervention to settle the debate once and for all.
In a blog post addressing the health risks associated with unrefrigerated eggs, the health authority said they should be stored below what many would regard as room temperature.
“Like all food products, eggs should be stored in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions,” it said. “You’ll find these instructions printed on the egg carton. Most egg producers in Australia recommend that eggs are stored below 15C.”
For some parts of the country this means room temperature and in other parts it means in the fridge.
In other words, everybody’s right — and long may the debate rage on.
The original Queensland Health warning came as raw eggs remain one of the most frequent sources of salmonella outbreaks.
Source : news.com.au, 19 April 2017