Legal Notice & Disclaimer:
Miss Mable's Farmhouse will not assume or be liable for any illness, sickness, or death that the consumer said occur from consuming eggs purchased from us. Once the eggs have left our farm, you, the consumer are responsible on how you use and store them.
Simply put, we are not required by law or the USDA to wash or refrigerate our farm-fresh organic eggs.
The FDA & USDA have no regulations or requirements to wash or refrigerate eggs that come from small egg farmers, like Miss Mable's Farmhouse, who house 3,000 or less hens for egg production. Who came up with the cap at 3,000. Who knows?
From the FDA Egg Production Regulation website:
(b) If you transport or hold shell eggs for shell egg processing or egg products facilities, you must comply with the refrigeration requirements in 118.4(e). This section applies only to eggs from farms with 3,000 or more laying hens.
Producers with fewer than 3,000 laying hens and those that sell all of their eggs directly to consumers are exempt from the egg rule.
From the USDA website for Shell Eggs Farm-to-Table:
Should you wash eggs?
No. It's not necessary or recommended for consumers to wash eggs and may actually increase the risk of contamination because the wash water can be "sucked" into the egg through the pores in the shell. When the chicken lays the egg, a protective coating is put on the outside by the hen.
So in an eggshell, it is up to you, the consumer, to store eggs purchased from us as you see fit.