The Accidental Scientist: Science of Cooking
After the eggs are transported via the "superhighway," they continue down a long conveyor belt into a washer.
quality checker

The woman above checks the eggs for obvious defects and cracks after the wash. The eggs then proceed through the dryer, which uses quick bursts of air instead of heat to dry the eggs because heat will cook them.

conveyor belt

Washing is important in egg production, not only for sanitary reasons but also for removing the cuticle, which protects the egg by trapping germs and dirt.

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