|Clearing legislative hurdles
- Egg washing is not allowed in the EU, with the exception of Sweden.
- In 2005, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a scientific opinion about egg washing that if done properly, it reduces bacterial loads on the eggs’ shell. The opinion notes that there is insufficient data on the effect of egg washing on the eggs’ cuticle.
- Eggnology anticipated that DG Sanco would require a peer review study that demonstrated that egg washing does not damage the eggs’ cuticle. We selected two reputable scientific institutions and gave them carte blanche to design and implement a statistically acceptable scientific double study based on a Kuhl washer and a default set of detergents.
- The study confirmed that the combination of a Kuhl washer and default detergents does not damage the cuticle. The study was published in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of Food Protection.