Are organic eggs worth the price? 4/12
(This article is adapted from the April 2012 ShopSmart magazine.)
In a word: Yes, according to the environmental experts at Consumer Reports. The reason: the way organic eggs are produced is much healthier for the hens.
Unlike conventional eggs, organic eggs must be produced by hens whose feed is made without synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Organic standards also prohibit the use of antibiotics.
Just keep in mind that organic eggs aren't more nutritious than regular eggs.
Look for the "USDA Organic" label, which is the real deal, meaning that the product was approved by the Department of Agriculture. Farms that produce organic foods are inspected by USDA-accredited certifiers. One drawback: The USDA does not adequately define or enforce the outdoor access requirement for chickens and other birds—something Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, is urging the USDA to change.
Additional labels, such as "Certified Humane" or "Animal Welfare Approved," mean that the eggs were produced in the most humane way.
Organic or not, cook your eggs until the yolk and white are firm to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. That also means no munching on raw cookie dough. And you should pick eggs that are clean and unbroken, and aren’t stuck to the bottom of the carton.
A good egg. 11/10
The truth about salmonella and eggs. 10/10
For more ways to help ensure that your food is safe, go to Consumers Union’s food safety website www.BuySafeEatWell.org.