Contaminated and Recalled Eggs Tip Sheet

  • Don’t eat recalled eggs or products containing recalled eggs. They may be infected with Salmonella bacteria.
  • Recalled eggs might still be in grocery stores, restaurants, and people’s homes.
  • If people have recalled eggs in their homes, they should discard them or return them to the store where they bought them for a refund.
  • Individuals who think they might have become ill from eating recalled eggs should see their doctor, or other health care provider.
  • Keep shell eggs refrigerated below 45° F (7° C) at all times.
  • Discard all cracked or dirty eggs.
  • Wash your hands, cooking utensils, and food preparation surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw eggs.
  • Eggs should be cooked until both the white and the yolk are firm, and they should be eaten promptly after cooking.
  • Don’t keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Refrigerate unused or leftover egg- containing foods at once.
  • Avoid eating raw eggs.
  • 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.
  • Eating raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided, especially by young children, elderly persons, and persons with weakened immune systems or illnesses.

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