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      As Easter Approaches, Remember Your Egg Safety Tips

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      Since eggs are handleda great deal more than usual around Easter, it is important to remember somesafe handling methods when you're decorating, cooking or hiding Eastereggs.

      Here are some safety tips from the Nebraska Department ofAgriculture, Poultry & Egg Division for you to remember:

      • Wash your hands thoroughly with hotsoapy water and rinse them before handling the eggs when cooking, cooling,dyeing and hiding them.
      • Be sure and inspect the eggs beforepurchasing them, making sure they are not dirty or cracked. Dangerousbacteria may enter a cracked egg.
      • Store eggs in their original cartons inthe refrigerator rather than the refrigerator door.
      • If you're having an Easter egg hunt,consider hiding places carefully. Avoid areas where the eggs might comeinto contact with pets, wild animals, birds, reptiles, insects or lawnchemicals.
      • Make sure you find all the eggs you'vehidden and then refrigerate them. Discard cracked eggs.
      • As long as the eggs are NOT out ofrefrigeration over two hours, they will be safe to eat. Do not eateggs that have been out of refrigeration more than two hours. Refrigeratehard-cooked eggs in their shells and use them within 1 week.
      • If you are planning to use colored eggsas decorations, (for centerpieces, etc.) where the eggs will be out ofrefrigeration for many hours or several days, discard them after they haveserved their decorative purpose.
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