Why Do Some Eggs Have Really Thin Shells & Are They Safe to Eat?

Why Do Some Eggs Have Really Thin Shells & Are They Safe to Eat?

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Emma Christensen
Feb 28, 2014
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Q: I just purchased a half-dozen store brand eggs from a major grocery store chain. When I cracked the first egg, the shell essentially imploded — it seemed unusually soft. The egg itself looked fine, but I discarded it and used another. The next egg was totally normal. Why would an egg have such a soft shell? Is it safe to eat a soft shelled egg?

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Editor: Readers, does anyone have insight on why an egg might have an extra-thin shell? Are these eggs safe to eat?

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