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Raw or Undercooked Eggs

Raw or Undercooked Eggs

If eggs are on the menu, make sure they’re cooked throughout, so the whites and the yolks are firm (think hard-boiled, hard-scrambled or a well-done omelet). And don’t forget about the raw egg in the cookies you’re making — wait until they’re baked before yielding to temptation. Because salmonella bacteria can withstand light cooking, ingesting runny or undercooked eggs can cause salmonellosis, which can lead to pre-term labor. If you think you may have food poisoning from eating a raw or undercooked egg, contact your doctor right away.

By Marta Debski. Marta Debski is a runner, health enthusiast and proud Wolverine. Published June 12, 2011. Updated August 5, 2015.
Reviewed by Shira Goldenholz, MD, MPH on July 30, 2015.