Origins: Making no claims about this item's veracity, we simply present it as an amusing anecdote which appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune:
The recipe calls for four fresh eggs for each quiche.
A Salt Lake County Health Department inspector paid a visit recently and pointed out that research by the Food and Drug Administration indicates that one in four eggs carries salmonella bacterium, so restaurants should never use more than three eggs when preparing quiche.
The manager on duty wondered aloud if simply throwing out three eggs from each dozen and using the remaining nine in four-egg-quiches would serve the same purpose.
The inspector wasn't sure, but she said she would research it.
Last updated: 1 January 2005
Rolly, Paul and JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells. "Bureaucrat's Math Makes Dizzy Dozen." The Salt Lake Tribune. 11 October 2002.