Health Watch - Springtime: Egg Hunts

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about springtime traditions. One rite of spring for many families is decorating, hiding and searching for Easter eggs. Make sure you handle eggs carefully to avoid food-borne illness.

Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says if you plan to eat your decorated eggs, you need to plan in advance. Use only food-safe dyes and decorations, and wash each egg before decorating. Wash your hands frequently during the whole cooking and decorating process, and keep the eggs refrigerated as much as possible. When you hide the eggs for the Easter egg hunt, make sure the eggs are placed so that they don’t become contaminated by animals or chemicals such as pesticides, weed killers or fertilizers. Hard-boiled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for about a week, but discard any eggs that are kept outside for more than two hours.

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April 2009

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