Is it Safe to Eat Easter Eggs?

Yes! Easter eggs (aka hard-boiled eggs) can be a delicious snack – but it is important to follow food safety guidelines.

If you’re having an Easter egg hunt, do not hide the eggs on chemically treated lawns, potted plants or in pet areas, such as a dog house. The Egg Safety Center cautions that contaminants from these areas could adhere to the shell of the egg.

Hard-boiled eggs can be left out of the refrigerator for up to two hours, but after that, should be discarded. If an egg has a crack it should be discarded.

Best bet? Prepare one batch of hard-boiled eggs for eating and dye another batch for hiding that can be discarded.

Some more food facts about eggs:

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