Egg Industry - March 2018 - 19
EggIndustry ❙ 19
Department of Agriculture and the
EU Salmonella cases no longer declining
European Food Safety Authority
showed that the incidence of
Salmonella enteritidis - one of the
main foodborne diseases associated with
the consumption of eggs - is about the same regardless of
the emergence at retail of a new product category, liquid
the methods used to distribute eggs to consumers.
eggs. These pasteurized products must be kept under
Both methods protect the consumers similarly well
refrigeration throughout the value chain. In both counand are good complements to the strict on-farm food
tries, these products are found right above the shelves
safety standards implemented by egg farmers, however
carrying the refrigerated table eggs - very convenient
other factors come into play where refrigerating or not
for consumers to find them.
Attempts in Australia and the U.K. to introduce
Recently, retailers in Australia tried to sell eggs unthese liquid eggs in retail stores have been hampered
der refrigeration. The huge investment required to buy
by the need for the consumers to search for these
cooling space in stores constituted a huge hurdle and
products among milk, butter and yogurt rather than
category managers soon realized these valuable cooling
among baking goods where they would normally
shelves could be used for much higher-value food items.
find table eggs. ■
It brought an end to this attempt to refrigerate eggs.
Interestingly, the refrigeration of shell eggs in the
Dr. Vincent Guyonnet is a consultant to the poultry
U.S. and Canada most likely facilitated in the mid-1980s
sector with a focus on international development.