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Blood In Egg

Blood spots occur in up to 6% of brown eggs. Some of those spots disappear over time and the rest are removed during the processing stage. The small number that reach the store shelf are a little bit icky to some, but entirely safe and natural. Knowing a little more about why they occur can help ease your concerns when you come across them.

Words by: Family Farm Team

Yep...not the most appetizing sight when you're making breakfast. Nobody likes cracking an egg and seeing anything other than a beautiful, richly colored yolk nestled in a clear egg white. But once you learn a little more about blood spots (and all the other fascinating ins and outs of eggs), you might be a little less grossed out by these rare instances.

What are blood spots in eggs?

Contrary to popular belief, blood spots are not the beginnings of a chick embryo. They're simply the remnants of a ruptured blood vessel that occured during the egg's formation. Most often, the ruptured vessel forms a tiny speck or dot of blood with a dark red, brown, or even black hue. Sometimes, larger vessels burst, and this allows blood to pool throughout the entire egg. In these cases, the egg white may have a pink or red tinge. In either case, these blood spots are a natural part of egg laying. In fact, blood spots indicate a particularly fresh egg because as they age, the spot diffuses into the white and becomes undetectable.

What causes blood spots in eggs?

The cause of a blood spot is simply a ruptured blood vessel on the yolk's surface as the egg is forming. This is a natural, benign process for both hen and egg. Instances of blood spots can increase when hens in a flock get excited by changes in lighting, changes in temperature, or simply shifting seasons. So it's okay if it feels a little bit yucky, but know that all is well.

Can I eat an egg with blood in it?

Absolutely – eating an egg that has a blood spot won't hurt you. While you may wish to remove the spot with the tip of a knife and dispose of it, there is nothing in it that's harmful for human consumption.

How can you prevent blood spots in eggs?

Since blood spots are a perfectly natural part of the egg laying process, there is no way to prevent this from happening. However, we do have state-of-the-art processing equipment that helps us detect eggs with imperfections and filter them out before they ever make their way into our packaging—be they slightly cracked, misshapen, or containing other slight imperfections.

In fact, 99% of Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs reach the store in perfect condition. We find almost everything. But no process is perfect, and there will always be the very occassional feather on an egg, hairline crack, or blood spot that makes its way past the machines' and our keen eyes.

Are eggs with blood spots kosher?

Our eggs are certified kosher by the OU, but things get a little tricky on the rare occasion of blood or a blood spot making it into a carton. According to the OU, eggs with blood or blood spots in them are not considered kosher.

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Beverly Moranville

September 09, 2020

I had 3 eggs with blood the last dozen I bought. No matter what, it grosses me out. I threw out the rest. No more Pete and Gerry's for me!

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[email protected]

September 10, 2020

Hi Beverly, we are so sorry to hear you had this experience with our eggs. This certainly isn't typical to find in our cartons and we want to make it right. If you wouldn't mind sending us an email at [email protected] with carton information (size of carton, size of eggs, Best By date and other information stamped near date), that will help us get to the bottom of why these eggs slipped through the cracks. We hope you will give our eggs another try!

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Dianne

August 23, 2020

I cracked open a Pete and Gerry’s organic eggs this morning and it was not blood spots but total liquid blood in the egg. I have never seen anything like this before. Has anyone else ever had this experience. Obviously I threw out the eggs and will probably not be eating eggs anytime soon.

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[email protected]

August 24, 2020

Hey Dianne, We are sorry for this unfortunate experience. If you don't mind emailing us at [email protected] or calling us at 1-800-210-6657, we would like to track down that batch, and resolve this issue! Thanks for being loyal to small family farms!

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Roseane

August 08, 2020

I've found blood in every carton of eggs I've bought [you would think I'd change brands by now]; it's like I'm paying for a half dozen eggs. Yesterday in the middle of making cookies even though I cracked egg into separate bowl, when it went into the batter there were 4 egg spots on the yolk; i tried to remove but it kept slipping away. I used them but can't get picture of egg spots out of my head so I now am throwing away the cookies, buying another brand of eggs and remaking the "homemade" cookies.

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[email protected]

August 10, 2020

Hi Roseane. We are so sorry to hear this. While blood spots are completely natural and these eggs are safe to eat, we do understand how unappetizing that can be and candle our eggs to try and prevent such eggs from going to your store. We would like to make this right by sending some coupons to replace those eggs and help make up for the ingredients lost. If interested, please email us at [email protected] and we'd be happy to work with you on this.

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Lauren Jackson

August 07, 2020

Hi There- I was a huge fan of your eggs however the past three dozen I purchased had a ton of eggs with blood spots. I have been throwing out at least half, if not more than half the eggs due to blood spots. Your website states that most of the eggs with spots are filtered out however this does not seem to be the case.

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[email protected]

August 10, 2020

Hi Lauren, we appreciate you bringing this to our attention and would like to address this and make it right by replacing those eggs you've lost. Please send an email to [email protected] and we'd be happy to look into this further.

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Amy G

June 07, 2020

We've unfortunately had the experience where more than 3/4 of our eggs have had these spots. I've given up on the free range egg brands at the store at this point since this has become a common occurrence and it's annoying to pick these out all the time. Oddly, getting cage-free eggs, I've had much better luck with.

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[email protected]

June 08, 2020

Hi Amy, we are so sorry to hear this and want to assure you this isn't usually typical of our eggs. If you still happen to have one of our cartons that you found this to be true of, we would greatly appreciate you sending us an email at [email protected] with the 'use by' date and other letters and numbers on the side of the carton so we can look further into it.

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valerie pan

May 24, 2020

Hi, there was blood in the egg we cracked today, and it was not a spot, it was fluid blood in the egg white. It never happened before..is it normal or safe? Thank you

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[email protected]

May 26, 2020

Hi Valerie, we're so sorry to hear that you got an egg that was bloody on the inside. This is caused by a ruptured blood vessel when the egg was forming. We can certainly understand how unappetizing that might be and hope that you'll send us an email at [email protected] so we can get some more information about this carton from you and replace these eggs.

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Laura Green

May 18, 2020

I don't think I would call my experience this morning a blood spot, I have seen them many times. The egg white of my egg was bloody to the point the yolk looked like it was floating in blood.

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[email protected]

May 19, 2020

Hi Laura, we are so sorry to hear you had such a negative experience this morning. It sounds like this was a full on bloody egg, which certainly isn't typical of our eggs and we would like to look into it and replace these eggs for you. Would you mind sending an email to [email protected] so we can get a little more information from you and get some coupons sent your way? We greatly appreciate your help with this matter.

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William

April 26, 2020

What does it mean when at least half of the egg is red not just a little spot

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[email protected]

April 27, 2020

Hi William, we're so sorry to hear that you may have received an egg that was bloody on the inside. This is caused by a ruptured blood vessel when the egg was forming. We can certainly understand how unappetizing that might be and hope that you'll send us an email at [email protected] so we can get some more information about this carton from you.

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Richard

February 26, 2020

Its not you brand in specific, but every egg ive eaten for the past year + has blood in it. EVERY EGG. Hard boil an egg, break it in half, remove yolks carefully and there will always be blood spots all over where the yolks touched. Almost always accompanied by a 'bb' or pea sized blood clot in the egg white, usually next to the white string thing (sorry dont know terminology). I grew up eating eggs almost everyday and maybe recall seeing blood once or twice. I eat a half a dozen everyday now and everyone needs to be picked through before eating, or i see the blood all in the whites while im eating my mashed hard boiled eggs.

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Richard Levy

April 13, 2020

Thanks, good to know I'm not alone

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Deneé@peteandgerrys

February 26, 2020

We're so sorry to hear about these unfortunate experiences with blood spots in eggs, Richard. If you have any carton information for any of our Pete and Gerry's organic eggs that had several meat spots, we'd certainly like to get that information and look into this further. Please feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected] and we can look into this!

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Richard Levy

April 13, 2020

Done, Thanks for the quick response. It is very helpful. I will just remove the "spots" whenever possible. However I will also take pics when it happens and send to you just in case it is something else. Thank you

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[email protected]

April 13, 2020

Sounds like a plan, Richard. Thanks for keeping in touch with us!

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Marte McCalla

February 26, 2020

The egg had red blood (not just blood spot) in it. Smells fine...but I've never seen an egg with actual blood around the yolk. I was going to make egg dumplings. I had five eggs in the bowl, when this happened. I quickly scooped it out of the others, and threw it down the drain. Don't know whether to just dump them all, or proceed.

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Deneé@peteandgerrys

February 26, 2020

Hi Marte, we're so sorry to hear you've experienced such an unpleasant egg. We'd really like to gather a few details and get to the bottom of what might be happening with this egg - if you can shoot us an email at [email protected] we'd be happy to chat further.

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Kerrie Gunier

January 15, 2020

I bought two dozen of your eggs and all but a few in each carton had blood spots. Very unappetizing, not happy with your product.

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[email protected]

January 15, 2020

Hi Kerrie. Thank you for reaching out to us. We're so sorry to hear that you received some eggs with blood spots. Due to shell color, depth and contrast, some eggs may occasionally get thru despite our best efforts. We would be glad to look into this further if you would not mind sending us an email to: [email protected] Thank you!

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Alicia

June 30, 2019

What if it is the whole egg white filled with blood?

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[email protected]

July 01, 2019

Hi Alicia, we're so sorry to hear that you may have received an egg that was bloody on the inside. This is caused by a ruptured blood vessel when the egg was forming. We can certainly understand how unappetizing that might be. We hope that you'll send us an email at [email protected] We would love to get some more information about this carton if you might have it.

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Ruth Williams

June 29, 2019

Hi, I tried your eggs for the first time recently and was really impressed with their taste and the vivid orange yolk, so I bought another carton. But then I realized four out of the two dozen had blood spots. I threw them out and we were left without eggs for that week. It's a shame there's no way to screen for blood spots, since the eggs were so much better than our usual store brand.

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[email protected]

June 30, 2019

Hi Ruth, thank you for reaching out to us. We're sorry to hear that some of your eggs were unfit to enjoy due to blood spots. We'd be happy to replace those eggs for you and would love to get any carton information that you may have. Would you mind sending us an email to: [email protected] ? Thanks!

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Beth Velletri

March 09, 2019

Maybe I'm the exception since we raised a few chickens when I was a kid, but blood spots don't bother me in the least. I've never seen them so big that I feel the need to pick them out. They're natural, and learning they're an indication of freshness, now I even like them!

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[email protected]

March 11, 2019

What a refreshing perspective, Beth! We completely agree - though they may be considered imperfections, there are some pretty cool things to learn about blood spots.

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Rick Harshman

February 21, 2019

I get a minimum of 2 eggs with blood spots in every dozen of your eggs? In fact, the latest dozen has had 2 out of the first 5 with blood spots. Additionally, one of the eggs had 4 very large spots with one being 3/16 inch in diameter. Are you scanning the eggs? I try to avoid buying your eggs but my wife, when she shops, will sometimes buy your eggs...sometimes the only eggs available.

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[email protected]

February 22, 2019

Hi Rick, we're so sorry to hear about this. Yes, we do our best to catch eggs with blood in them through candling methods, but it can be difficult to catch all spots purely through technological means. We're sorry to hear about your negative experience and hope that you'll send us an email at [email protected] We want to help make this right!

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JoAnn

January 21, 2019

Found lots of blood in 1 egg this morning. Had to throw the whole batch out. Not very appetizing.😕

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[email protected]

January 21, 2019

We're so sorry to hear this, JoAnn. Do you mind sending us an email at [email protected] so that we can replace the carton for you?

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