Don't eggs need to be refrigerated? If not, why do Americans waste so much cooler space and energy keeping them chilled? Am I at risk for salmonella or whatever?
Turns out you're probably MORE at risk of salmonella in the States. The FDA does not require that hens be vaccinated against salmonella, despite the approximate 142,000 salmonella-related illnesses that are reported every year. Refrigerating eggs minimizes the risk of contamination.
Meanwhile, vaccination of hens is required in Europe. Therefore, the eggs in the fridge and on the shelf are equally free of salmonella and safe to eat! Yay.
I'm sure there's a lesson in here somewhere about child vaccination, but I'll let you draw your own conclusions....