Eggs are among the most nutritious
foods on earth and can be part of a healthy diet. However, they
are perishable just like raw meat, poultry, and fish. Today some
unbroken, clean, fresh shell eggs may contain Salmonella enteritidis
bacteria that can cause food borne illness. While the number
of eggs affected is quite small, there have been cases of food
borne illness in the last few years. To be safe, eggs must be
properly handled, refrigerated, and cooked.
No one should eat foods containing
raw eggs. This includes "health food" milk shakes made
with raw eggs, Caesar salad, Hollandaise sauce, and any other
foods like homemade mayonnaise, ice cream, or eggnog made from
recipes in which the egg ingredients are not cooked.
To make a recipe safe that specifies
using eggs that aren't cooked, heat the eggs in a liquid from
the recipe over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture
reaches 160 °F. Then combine it with the other ingredients
and complete the recipe.