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Are fertilized eggs safe to eat?

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Fertilized eggs are safe to eat. There is no nutritional difference in fertilized versus unfertilized eggs. The embryo does not develop in fertilized eggs that are refrigerated soon after laying. PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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