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Eggs and Salmonella

Food safety tips when cooking with eggs

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Cases of salmonella are often traced back to infected eggs. It’s always a good idea to treat all raw eggs as if they are contaminated with salmonella — just like you should with raw chicken. The following guidelines will help keep you safe from foodbourne illness:

  • Never eat raw eggs or products made with raw eggs – including cookie dough.
  • After cracking eggs, wash hands before continuing on with the recipe to avoid cross contamination.
  • Be sure to also wash utensils, equipment, and work surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after they come in contact with raw eggs and raw egg-containing foods.
  • Cook eggs until both the yolk and the white are firm. Scrambled eggs should not be runny.
  • Casseroles and other dishes containing eggs should be cooked to 160° F. Use a food thermometer to be sure.
  • For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served — like Caesar salad dressing and homemade ice cream — use either shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method, or pasteurized egg products.

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