Can eggs be dangerous?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by joebryant, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I was just reading the post "Laws for selling eggs" and got to wondering why on earth we'd need a law of any kind regarding someone's selling eggs. Can eggs be dangerous in any way if eaten? I know some are better than others because of conditions for the hens and what they're fed, but dangerous? What's the law protecting the public from?
     
  2. sewincircle

    sewincircle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I supose it is purely for the oversight for the consumer. FDA provides protection and assures quality for the buyer, perhaps that is what their intention is.
    Hatching eggs need to be labeled and the seller must meet criteria in some states. I dont know. Maybe it has to do with avian flu? Got me. Anyone else more knowledgable in law here???
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Of course eggs can be dangerous, if they've got salmonella on the shell or in the yolk/white and you don't cook them quite thoroughly enough. Gee, you know that, Joe [​IMG]

    Most state laws controlling egg sales do not seem to be particularly aimed at covering that angle, however. (*some* parts are, though, like states where you cannot reuse egg cartons for sale, which has hygeine/contamination implications)

    To some extent, some parts of the laws also relate indirectly to trying to ensure freshness and non-having-gone-bad-ness of the eggs.

    (e.t.a. - nothing to do with bird flu though -- these laws have all been on the books for years and years and years and years.)

    Chiefly though, laws about how you can sell your eggs seem to function to prevent blurring of lines with, and restrict competition for, the commercial egg industry. This is pretty common, I mean, there are lots of other things like that (not just for the egg industry, I mean, but for industries in general).

    Not really defendin', just explainin; [​IMG]


    Pat
     
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  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Yes, eggs are incredibly dangerous! Some of them hatch out into evil silkies, and some hatch out into Buff Orps which steal your heart and make you want more.

    I'd stay away from them if I were you.
     
  5. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They could be dangerous if the chickens were treated for something and it got into the eggs. Maybe an unscrupulous seller would sell the eggs that shouldn't be eaten. That was my DH's thought.
     
  6. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

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    hard boiled eggs can leave a lump if thrown hard enough...[​IMG] I did it again...
     
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:OMG, actually I didn't know that. Okay, we need the law. Thanks
    Re: ...restrict competion... YEP!
     
  8. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:NOW YOU TELL ME! Orpingtons and silkies are what I have. Maybe I should take them for a long ride and turn them loose.
     
  9. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    I think the "egg" law is one of the reasons many cities/towns have it on the books that you can not have back yard chickens.

    I really think that my city is thinking that there will be a huge spread of salmonella illness and death if EVERYONE gets chickens. But yet they dont consider that iguanas, turtles, parrots and such ALSO carry it and those are sold in pet shops to children.

    Granted. I think that for my city at least, a large number of the stupid people getting ill and .. well this is going to sound awful but, dieing.
    Wouldnt be such a terrible thing. *You should see what moved into the really cute house down the street from me [​IMG] I hate that they had to rent the house out. And I get the reasons. But heavens couldnt they have been a BIT more picky.

    Really cant see how my girls are a problem at all.
     
  10. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Rhett&SarahsMom :

    I think the "egg" law is one of the reasons many cities/towns have it on the books that you can not have back yard chickens... *You should see what moved into the really cute house down the street from me [​IMG] I hate that they had to rent the house out. And I get the reasons. But heavens couldnt they have been a BIT more picky.

    Really cant see how my girls are a problem at all.

    Maybe the chance that someone/somethings like what moved in ever getting chickens is why they outlaw chickens in the city. There are too many pigs out there passing themselves off as humans.
    EDIT: I'd prefer having real pigs nearby.​
     
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