Is it Necessary to Refrigerate Eggs?

Truck With a Full Load of Eggs.
Eggs are frequently seen being transported like this. They are rarely refrigerated.

We grew up with eggs always being refrigerated, but many countries in the world don’t find that to be a necessity, or maybe it’s just too impractical or too expensive for them.

Here in Indonesia eggs are never refrigerated. Eggs come from the producers and are distributed to the traditional markets and the modern grocery stores. Even in the modern grocery stores the eggs are rarely refrigerated.

Motorcycle Transporting Eggs
Motorcycles are commonly used to transport eggs. This man is only transporting four cartons. It’s common to see 8-12 cartons being transported on motorcycles.

No Expiration Dates

Eggs are not packaged with dates of expiration. They are almost always sitting out in large piles, and fresher ones frequently get mixed in with the older ones. You never know what you are getting. One way of testing them is to sit them in water. If they float, throw them out. They’ve probably gone bad.

Unwashed Eggs

Another thing that takes so getting use to is that the producers don’t clean the eggs before shipping them out. The stores and markets don’t either. So when you select your eggs and use your bare hand to put them into your bag, you undoubtedly will get residual chicken feces on your hands. The eggs are not packaged in cartons of 1 dozen. They usually just sit out in the open.

This link will answer probably every question someone may have about eggs: Egg Safety Center

FDA’s Requirements for Egg Refrigeration:

Temperature fluctuation is critical to egg safety. Eggs are required by FDA to be refrigerated as soon as possible. After eggs are refrigerated, it is important to keep them that way. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the growth of bacteria that could contaminate the egg. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than two hours.