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FOOD CALENDAR

May 20, 1993|KATHIE JENKINS

How long do eggs keep in the refrigerator? According to the USDA, raw shell eggs keep up to five weeks. Hard-cooked eggs must be eaten within one week. But leftover yolks and whites should be used within four days. For more information on the safe preparation and handling of eggs, write for the free "Egg Handling Handbook" from the USDA-FSIS, Room 1165-South, Washington, D.C. 20250. For quick answers to your questions about eggs or the safe handling of other perishable foods, call the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline at (800) 535-4555 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST.

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