Are colored Easter eggs really safe to eat?

We have gotten numerous questions about the safety of Easter eggs- basically people want to know if they can eat them once they are dyed, even if they’ve been sitting out of the fridge for a good ole Easter egg hunt or two.  Here’s the answer from our “cooks”:

Colored eggs are absolutely safe to eat as long as you use a non-toxic dye to color the eggs and of course peel the shell before eating! As for refrigeration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says you can keep those colorful eggs in the Easter basket or out for an Easter egg hunt as long as it’s not more than two hours. Put them immediately in the refrigerator after 2 hours maximum and they are safe to eat for 1 week. If they’re out for longer than two hours, you should not eat them.

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