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Organic Eggs washed in Chlorine Solution

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Excerpt: "An egg processing facility is, by default, prime potential breeding grounds for bacteria due to the eggs that get broken during the process, and the low pH environment. To neutralize the possible contaminants and maintain food safety standards requires treatment.

In order to ensure that the eggs that you receive are completely safe, we use two products, at small concentrations, in our processing system. The first product is called Eggs So Clean pH Booster, which is designed to elevate the pH level of the environment, making it virtually impossible for any bacteria to survive. This helps to neutralize the effects of broken eggs and soiled eggs. The eggs are washed in a mixture of 99.93% water to .07% Eggs So Clean ph Booster, and are in the wash booth for less than a minute. This product was developed specifically to serve as a shell egg cleaner in an Organic egg wash process.

The second product is called SparChlor Chlorinated Sanitizer, which is designed to sanitize the eggshell after the egg wash. It involves a quick, one shot spray to the eggs, followed immediately by the drying booth to evaporate liquid. This spray involves approximately 9 ppm chlorination. To put it in perspective, public drinking water contains 4 ppm chlorination, and is ingested directly into your body. This entails just a spray to the exterior of the eggshell.

We do not now and have never coated the eggshell with any product, whether mineral oil or petroleum based.

The procedures and compounds, such as these, which are specified for organic production and processing have been evaluated and approved for use under the National Organic Program. Basic cleaning and sanitation of food products and processing equipment has saved the lives of millions of people, and we stand behind this process of ensuring safe food for our consumers.

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