What happens to the fresh eggs hens are still producing

Jenny Decker RN's picture

At the farms in the middle of the massive egg recall, hens are still producing eggs at nearly 2 million per day. So what happens to these eggs? The fresh eggs go through a pasteurization process to kill the salmonella. According to a Hillendale spokeswoman Julie DeYoung, the company is not currently selling the eggs during the federal egg recall and investigation.


These eggs that are currently being layed by the hens at the farms are diverted to certain USDA-approved facilities for the pasteurization process. At these "breaking plants", the egg shells are broken and the egg inside the shell then goes through pasteurization while being turned into liquid or other forms. Thesse can then be used in a variety of products for use. The pasteurization process kills the salmonella, the same concept as making milk safer by killing the bacteria through the same process.

Every single egg will be tested before shipping

To ease the population's concern and for safety, every single little egg and product will be tested and held from shipping until results come clean. Currently, federal officials are investigating whether the hens that are laying the eggs are infected with the salmonella and passing it through their eggs. It is important to note that even if they are, the process the current fresh eggs are going through will kill the bacteria.

DeYoung states that none of the eggs that were recalled are being sent to the breaking plants.