Easter egg food safety reminders

Easter food safety tips. Eggs, even those with clean, uncracked shells, may contain bacteria called salmonella that can cause foodborne illness. (PNC photo)

Guam – Easter is hopping around the corner and while decorating and hunting for eggs is fun, using real eggs can lead to food borne illnesses if you don’t practice food safety.

While the Department of Public Health and Social Services encourages the use of plastic eggs instead of real eggs for Easter egg hunts, if you decide to use real eggs there are some food safety practices you should follow. Watch the video:


  • When shopping for eggs, make sure you inspect each egg to make sure none are cracked. If they are, choose another carton.
  • Once bought, make sure you store the eggs in the refrigerator.
  • Keep the eggs stored in the protective carton as eggs are easily cracked and could leak onto other foods.
  • Also keep in mind while you should store the eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator do not to store the eggs with raw meats.
  • When its time to boil the eggs, the recommended temperature for a properly cooked egg is between 185 to 195 degrees.
  • Public health said before you hide real eggs, make sure to count all of them. This is to ensure that after the hunt, all eggs left are found to avoid unpleasant and unwanted surprises.
  • Finally, boiled eggs that are cracked, soiled and dirty, or kept out of the fridge for more than 2 hours should be disposed of and not consumed.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.