Formaldehyde is commonly used to disinfect eggs. Despite being a toxic chemical, profit-driven producers use formaldehyde to fumigate eggs because it’s a cheap way to minimize bacteria. Formaldehyde has been linked to cancer and other serious health issues, so I decided many years ago that it had no business near my eggs or team members. We use NO formaldehyde in our operations.
We believe that chicks need a healthy start to life, including during embryotic development while in the egg. Our eggs are disinfected with an organic approved, vinegar-based solution. That’s all you need. Freshly laid eggs have a natural, anti-bacterial coating on them called the bloom that keeps bacteria from entering. If you minimize bacteria in the first place by keeping nesting boxes at the breeder farms clean, limit your handling of the eggs and don’t expose them to harmful chemicals or other foreign materials, your eggs will remain clean and safe.
It’s like antibiotics. Producers who don’t take the necessary steps to keep chicken houses clean and stress free need antibiotics for sick chickens. We eliminated unnecessary substances – antibiotics, formaldehyde – by maintaining higher standards in all areas of our operations.