Ask a Question forum: E. coli in compost from raw eggshells!?

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Name: Christina
Spokane, WA
Grma
Mar 8, 2018 2:25 AM CST
Hello Community. I just read an article on line about using raw eggshells in your home compost and that it can cause Ecoli in your garden. I know, now, that I'm supposed to wash out the raw shells or toast them in the oven (which helps them break down faster) before they go into compost. Is this a real thing to worry about? Has anyone in NGA experienced this issue. Thank you.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Mar 8, 2018 8:49 AM CST
can you find that so we can see source?

There's no way anyone can know they had E coli in the compost. In fact, I'm quite sure there a lot of Ecoli in my garden.
Whether the eggshells introduce the dangerous ones..
All you need to know about E coli making you sick should be here
https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/inde...

It may not answer the eggshell question. You of course want to wash anything from the garden before eating, and your hands after gardening.

Raw eggs are more often associated with Salmonella.
https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella...
but Salmonella may not survive well in compost.

Personally, I don't think my using raw shells adds any risk to my garden. I HAVE read advice to cook the shells before offering them to wild birds. Eggshells are a great source of calcium.

I'm happy to hear more opinions on this.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Mar 8, 2018 9:18 AM CST
on Salmonella
https://ask.extension.org/ques...

Hard to find anything addressing E coli
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 8, 2018 12:56 PM CST
I think E coli is pretty common in all soil. I would not be concerned about composting the shells.
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Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Leftwood
Mar 8, 2018 3:51 PM CST
Seems very silly to be concerned about outside, as it is common in the outside environment already. But I suppose if you wash your hands before you go outside, then I guess you would want to wash your egg shells, too.

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