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Why should eggs be refrigerated?

Per the Egg Safety Final Rule by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), eggs are required to be refrigerated at 45° F or lower 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. Reducing temperature fluctuation is critical to egg safety.