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Consumption of eggs

Have you changed your egg consumption habits due to salmonella?

  • Yes, I no longer eat eggs

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ludahai

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With the news of problems with eggs in the US -- and this isn't the first time in recent years -- are you getting concerned about consuming eggs? Have you changed your consumption of eggs due to salmonella issues?

For the record: I put not concerned about it, but I live in a country that hasn't had a problem with salmonella -- though recent studies here do link higher cancer risk with free range eggs...
 
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If this was winter time (November - February) It'd be an issue because that's when I make pastries, breads, pasta, etc . . . but durin the summer we don't consume eggs at all.
 

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I have been careful about my sources for a few years now. I now buy only organic eggs, but if I am out for breakfast I will settle for whatever I can get.
 

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I pretty much eat eggs every day, and that's not going to change.
 

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Upon reflection, I answered the poll incorrectly. My habits have chaged, but it's not due to the salmonella. So I should have answered the third option.
 

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I buy my eggs from local organic farmers. I'm not concerned.
 

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I'm always careful with poultry products of all types. Cross contamination can be present without a widespread outbreak and recall. My habits have not changed.
 

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Question: Does cooking your eggs kill this bacteria?
 

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We've eaten cage-free organic eggs for years, so I'm not particularly concerned about an outbreak of salmonella in factory farmed eggs. This is precisely why we eat the way we do.
 

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I just sent my wife the recall information and she checked it against what is in the fridge. Looks like we are fine.
 

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Question: Does cooking your eggs kill this bacteria?

Yes, fully cooking eggs to a temperature of 150 degrees F., will kill salmonella. If the eggs are runny and not firm - don't eat them. Runny scrambled, soft-boiled, or what I call "upside down lookin' at you" are not fully cooked and at risk. Firm scrambled, to "shoe leather", hard boiled, or any eggs where the whites are firm and not runny should be safe. Safer yet would be the whites and yolk are firm and fully cooked.
 

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We always eat them fully cooked at my house (usually boiled), so no worries. We feed my daughter organic eggs anyway, so I'm not too concerned about it even if the egg doesn't get fully cooked for some reason.
 

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Organic does not mean they are free of possible salmonella infection.

Food = risk . . . regardless of how it's grown, harvested, kept, fed or killed.
 

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Organic does not mean they are free of possible salmonella infection.

Food = risk . . . regardless of how it's grown, harvested, kept, fed or killed.

True. But when chickens aren't housed on top of each other and repeatedly dosed with antibiotics, the odds become greatly diminished that they will become infected with a salmonella infection.
 

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True. But when chickens aren't housed on top of each other and repeatedly dosed with antibiotics, the odds become greatly diminished that they will become infected with a salmonella infection.

I agree with this, though I do think most organic food is way overrated.
 

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Organic does not mean they are free of possible salmonella infection.

Food = risk . . . regardless of how it's grown, harvested, kept, fed or killed.
I would imagine the odds would be smaller in the case of organic food for the housing reasons Catz mentioned. I believe one of the prime vectors for poultry is ingestion of another bird's droppings.

Either way, we're cooking those little ****ers until they're done, Salmonella outbreak or not.
 

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*****. At my house, we enjoy living on the edge.
Last thing I need at my house is a four-year-old ****ting and puking all over the place. It's all we can do to keep her from redecorating the house with "washable" (washable, my ass) markers.
 

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Organic does not mean they are free of possible salmonella infection.

Food = risk . . . regardless of how it's grown, harvested, kept, fed or killed.

There's a huge difference between factory farmed and small, local growers - organic or not. I prefer my meat free of drugs and other chemicals, and my produce free of chemicals - that's why I buy from organic farmers. Yes, there's a risk regardless, but the risk is FAR lower with smaller, local farmers.
 

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I would imagine the odds would be smaller in the case of organic food for the housing reasons Catz mentioned. I believe one of the prime vectors for poultry is ingestion of another bird's droppings.

Either way, we're cooking those little ****ers until they're done, Salmonella outbreak or not.

That's probably a misconception. While it's true, free range and organic farmers chickens are not grown and cramped like egg farms, salmonella can still be present. Egg farms do one thing free range / organic farms do not: Run the eggs through a sanitizing wash to remove any fecal matter or organisms from the egg shell. That way, if salmonella is present, it's almost always in the egg itself. Free range eggs / organic farms may or may not go to that extent therefore, the risk of handling the egg itself may have more risk. Best thing to do whenever handling any kind of eggs of any sort --- after cracking them open, wash with soap and water. Make sure all implements, bowls, and hands that touch batter or anything do not touch anything else. Whenever handling those implements or washing them - use a little Clorox bleach in the wash water or, use the heat cycle on your dishwasher. Treat eggs like they are a potentially harmful chemical... and you'll be okay.

Of course that rules out the Rocky Balboa breakfast.

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I still eat a lot of eggs (I love eggs). Not too worried about it. Haven't gotten salmonella yet and it's not really all that lethal. So it's worth the risk to get my eggs in the morning. Mmmmm, chicken fried steak and eggs.
 

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I love eggs. When I joined the navy, I would eat all of them I could. back home, mother said they were too expensive, so we rarely got them.
Since my cholesterol numbers are good, I don't worry about that aspect of eggs. If the eggs look like they haven't been cleaned properly, I throw them out, but that is rare.

My 2 favorite egg sandwiches are either toast, Fried egg, montery jack or provolone cheese, and ham,
or toast, fried egg, bacon strips, and tomato slices. And it shouldn't have to be stated but here it is anyway, I fry them in BUTTER. It is a sacrelige to use any thing else....
 
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