1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
March 24, 2016
Easter Egg Safety
Public Relations Officer
Bakersfield, CA – Many families celebrate Easter by coloring and decorating eggs. It’s a tradition that goes back many years. For kids, the Easter egg hunt will be the highlight of their weekend. However, if eggs are not handled, prepared and stored properly, bacteria such as Salmonella can present a health concern for you and your family. Follow these simple guidelines and don’t let an Easter egg accidentally spoil your spring celebrations.
Safely handle hard-cooked eggs for Easter:
Wash hands and working area thoroughly and at every step including cooking, cooling and dyeing of eggs.
Refrigerate hard-cooked eggs, if you won’t be coloring them immediately after cooking and cooling.
Color only uncracked eggs. If any eggs crack during dyeing or while on display, discard cracked eggs.
If hard-cooked eggs are used for an Easter egg hunt and kept out of refrigeration for more than 2 hours, discard the eggs and do not eat.
If you hide eggs, avoid areas where eggs might come into contact with dirt, pets, wild animals, birds, reptiles, insects or lawn chemicals.
Consider alternatives such as plastic eggs filled with candy or healthy treats.
For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaEggs/index.html