Are raw egg yolks dangerous?


USDA and Extension Service recommend against the use of raw eggs in any product. Even eggs from healthy chickens with clean, uncracked shells may occasionally contain bacteria called Salmonella that can cause an intestinal infection.

Egg safety

  • Keep eggs refrigerated. Leaving a product with raw egg yolks or whites in it at room temperature would allow existing bacteria to further multiply and be an even greater risk.
  • Cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly to prevent illness from bacteria
  • Extra care should be taken when preparing eggs for at-risk populations such as young children, older adults and immunocompromised individuals

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