Why don’t they refrigerate eggs in Europe?
- Eggs come from small farms where sanitation is a priority
- Unwashed eggs are naturally sealed, so don’t need to be refrigerated
- Europeans eat eggs every day so they are consumed before they spoil
The answer is that unwashed eggs are naturally sealed with a protective layer called a cuticle. “European food safety experts took a different tack: They left the cuticle intact, made it illegal for egg producers to wash eggs, discouraged refrigeration (which can cause mildew growth—and bacterial contamination—should the eggs sweat as they come back to room temps), and started a program of vaccinating chickens against salmonella.” Business Insider