An egg-ceptional weekend: Keep food safety in mind with eggs, other parts of the feast

Whether celebrating Passover, starting Saturday, or Easter on Sunday, make sure to adhere to basic food safety precautions.

Jews and Christians alike will observe religious holidays this weekend. With eggs as a fixture in both celebrations, Stop Foodborne Illness, a national nonprofit health education organization, is reminding cooks of the need for safety precautions.

Passover, which begins Saturday, is the major Jewish spring festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. Passover seders (ceremonial meals) typically include a hard-boiled egg course. Many recipes for Passover, which is also known as the "feast of unleavened bread," call for eggs or egg whites, which take the place of yeast and other leavenings.

Easter, on Sunday, is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Though often associated with the folkloric depiction of the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs also have religious symbolism.