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11 Ways to Avoid Salmonella From New Egg Outbreak

6. Wash hands, cooking utensils, and food preparation surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw eggs.

7. Eggs should be cooked until both the white and the yolk are firm and eaten promptly after cooking.

8. Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

9. Refrigerate unused or leftover egg- containing foods promptly.

10. Avoid eating raw eggs.

11. Avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or undercooked, unpasteurized eggs. Restaurants should use pasteurized eggs in any recipe (such as Hollandaise sauce or Caesar salad dressing) that calls for raw eggs.

And to add my personal recommendation: If you eat eggs, opt for ones not produced by a factory farm. Not only are factory farms cruel and inhumane, but they create unsafe food. One study showed that 23.4 per cent of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella compared to 4.4 per cent in organic flocks and 6.5 per cent in free-range flocks.

To help make sense of what the labels on egg cartons mean–like what’s the difference between “cage-free” and “free-roaming”–see Easy Greening: Organic Eggs.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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6:39PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Ditto, Yvette :)

6:37PM PDT on May 25, 2012

The only way to avoid salmonella from eggs is to never eat eggs! Mixing animal tissues, blood, fluids with our own is very disgusting. All slaughtered animals have ecoli, feces, urine mixed in...and animal carcasses are combined together.

3:45AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Clean eggs from a clean farm? Are you nuts? - eggs come out the arse of a hen, the same arse it uses to defecate.
You can get Salmonella on as clean a farm as you can find.
And a recent Danish study found that 1/3 of all conventional chicken farms had Salmonella while 2/3 of organic chicken farms had it.

12:17AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Thanks for the info.

9:33AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Heres what the problem was last time..

Salmonella samples link 2 Iowa farms to egg recall, FDA says
BY MARY CLARE JALONICK

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Food and Drug Administration officials say they have found positive samples of salmonella that link two Iowa farms to a massive egg recall.

Investigators found salmonella in chicken feed at Wright County Egg that was used by that farm and also Hillandale Farms, the FDA said. Authorities also found additional samples of salmonella in other locations at Wright County Egg. More than 550 million eggs from the two farms were recalled this month after being linked to salmonella poisoning in several states.

One of the positive salmonella samples was found in a feed ingredient sold to Wright County Egg by a third-party supplier, Central Bi-Products, according to Wright County Egg. That raises new questions about whether other egg farms also received contaminated feed.

The FDA could not confirm that the feed element came from a third party but has said it doesn’t believe that the outbreak will expand beyond the two farms.

Also Thursday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said up to 1,470 illnesses could be linked to the outbreak, about 200 more than previously thought.

Sherri McGarry of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition said the salmonella found at Wright County Egg matches the strain found in many of those who were sickened. She said the tests indica

1:57PM PST on Jan 18, 2011

thanks for posting this.

12:50PM PDT on Sep 13, 2010

Here are another eleven precautions: don't eat factory farm eggs, don't buy products that contain factory farm eggs, don't patronize restaurants that serve factory farm eggs, don't support factory farm eggs, don't eat factory farm chickens, don't buy products that contain factory farm chickens, don't patronize restaurants that serve factory farm chickens, don't support factory farms, don't pretend factory farming is okay, don't think chickens want you to eat them AT ALL, don't look the other way.

2:41PM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

Lucky for me I live in Georgia, and we haven't been affected - yet.

6:30PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

Scary. Thanks for the article. I never knew fever was a symptom.

12:59PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

Informative article.

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