LANSING, Ill., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 20 dozen eggs eaten by the average American each year*, it's no wonder that May has been declared "National Egg Month." While it's the perfect time to reflect on eggs' nutritional benefits, cooks must also remember that more than 2.3 million eggs contain salmonella each year**. To celebrate National Egg Month, Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs has partnered with noted cookbook author, Chef Giuliano Hazan to share recipes that showcase the benefits of pasteurized eggs in recipes calling for raw or undercooked eggs.
"We can't think of a more appropriate time than National Egg Month to help educate consumers on the risk of salmonella and the benefits of pasteurized eggs. Safest Choice Eggs are not only better for you, but also taste better and have a longer shelf life," said Tom Izzo, director of marketing at Safest Choice Eggs. "We're thrilled to partner with Chef Giuliano to offer an array of delicious egg recipes that showcase these benefits."
The Safest Choice patented all-natural pasteurization process removes the risk of salmonella by putting the egg through a warm water bath, without cooking it. The process also eliminates bacteria that can cause spoilage, giving Safest Choice Eggs an additional 30 days of shelf life, twice that of traditional eggs. Safest Choice Eggs allow all egg dishes to be enjoyed risk-free.
"Pasteurized eggs allow worry-free enjoyment of dishes like Spaghetti alla Carbonara and condiments like my homemade Italian mayonnaise," says Chef Giuliano, whose newest cookbook, "Hazan Family Favorites," will be published May 1, 2012. "Eliminating the risk of salmonella from cooking with eggs gives me more freedom in the kitchen when preparing dishes for others. And not only are Safest Choice Eggs safe to use, they are fresher and taste great."
While everyone can benefit from pasteurized eggs, Izzo says that "for high risk groups who are susceptible to salmonella, including expectant mothers, children under 10, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, Safest Choice Eggs are the smartest choice."
About Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs
Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs are produced by National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc. (NPE), a privately owned company headquartered in Lansing, Ill. NPE provides pasteurized shell eggs to retailers, consumers and foodservice operations throughout the U.S. The unique technology to produce Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs is being licensed around the world.
*United Egg Producers: http://www.unitedegg.org/GeneralStats/default.cfm (2011)
**CDC. Investigation Update: Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Associated with Shell Eggs (12/2/11)
SOURCE Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs