Are raw egg whites safe to eat?

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happycottontail

Are raw egg whites safe to eat?

I have an old cheesecake recipe that includes beaten egg whites which makes the filling lovely and light. I haven't made it recently but it is delicious and I'd like to make it again. However, current opinion seems to be divided over the safety of eating raw eggs, although I see that Delia uses raw beaten egg whites in her chocolate mousse. Does that make it ok then? - and should the eggs be organic and super, super fresh?
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Expat Badger

Are raw egg whites safe to eat?

well there is always the risk of salmonella - tho small. So no-one with comprimised immune systems should eat them. The very old, very young and ill or pregnant usually are the people to avoid raw eggs.

i would say fresh as poss is a good way to go generally!

Delia's choc mousse is lovely - always goes down well.

I often make an alternative pud as a lot of our friends are preggers or have v young kids.

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Gerry

egg whites raw

They're among the food least likely to get contaminated.

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Expat Badger

Are raw egg whites safe to eat?

i've never ever heard of anyone i know having a problem after eating them ....

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Esther R

Dried egg white

Because I am a well known fusspot, I always use either, dried, reconstituted egg white, this is often in the cake decorating section. Or else pasteurized egg whites which some larger supermarkets sell in cartons in the chiller section.

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Bakingbunny

raw egg white

I have always used them in recipes and never had any problems. It may be a good idea to let people that are going to eat your chosen dish know that it contains raw egg white and then they can decide if they want to eat it or not. i wouldnt give it to small children and babies to be on the safe side.

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Nausea Bagwash

Egg whites

At the height of the salmonella-in-eggs brouhaha years ago a hospital dietician told us that the problem was in the yolks not the whites and whites are safe to eat. I have absolutely no idea whether this was true or not.

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SonyaK

Are raw egg whites safe to eat?

"Researchers say that, if present, the SE (Salmonella) is usually in the yolk or "yellow." However, they can't rule out the bacteria being in egg whites. So everyone is advised against eating raw or undercooked egg yolks and whites or products containing raw or undercooked eggs."

So it looks like you're right, NB. That's a quote from the United States Dept. of Ag. and they say everyone should avoid raw eggs, but the elderly, very young and pregnant are most at risk.

And apparently cartons of eggs in USA carry this warning

"SAFE HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: To prevent illness from bacteria: Keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly."

But I've never heard of anyone having a problem either!!

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Essex Girl

Raw Eggs

I love eggs and use them a lot for cooking. However, I just cannot bring myself round to using raw eggs - I think it must be the look of them and the thought of them that puts me off! Having said that, I would eat chocolate mousse or something lightened with egg white at someone else's house. I do make "proper" custard for trifle and ice cream and know that the yolks aren't properly cooked then - but they're not completely raw either. I'm just peculiar!

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Are raw egg whites safe to eat?

I'd eat them raw in a mousse, provided I knew they'd come from a reputable supplier and had all the relevant marks to confirm quality. Organic doesn't guarantee healthier hens, it just means they haven't been vaccinated or given antibiotics as a routine treatment.

I buy most of my eggs from a neighbour, and although these hens have happy semi wild lives I cook their eggs well. They aren't the cleanest looking birds!

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Linzechris

egg whites safe to eat?

I love lemon meringue pie and soft meringues generally.They are not cooked properly.

 
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