Department of Health

Key messages

  • Eggs require the same precautions you would take when preparing chicken, meat, seafood and dairy products.
  • There are several easy tips to follow to ensure the eggs you use are safe for your customers to eat.

Always treat eggs safely, and take the same precautions as you would for chicken, meat, seafood and dairy products. Ensure eggs are clean, intact and fresh, then store them cool and cook them well.

To avoid giving your customers food poisoning from eggs follow these safety tips:

  • Never buy or use cracked, damaged or dirty eggs.
  • Always store eggs in the fridge in their own cartons/packaging.
  • When storing and handling eggs, take the same precautions as you would when handling and preparing raw chicken, meat, seafood or dairy products.
  • Always buy and use eggs before their best-before date.
  • Thoroughly clean your hands, food areas, work surfaces, dishes, utensils and cleaning cloths after working with eggs – and especially after egg spills.
  • Serve hot dishes containing eggs straightaway, or cool them quickly in the fridge and keep them refrigerated until they are eaten.
  • Cook eggs and foods containing eggs until they are hot all the way through.
  • Consider using pasteurised egg products in foods that will not be cooked or will only be lightly cooked. Alternatively, change to recipes that do not require raw eggs as an ingredient.
  • Include egg safety messages in food hygiene training for staff.

The downloadable brochure contains additional information about egg safety.

Reviewed 06 September 2023


Contact details

Food Safety Unit

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