Originally Posted by Kayelle
At any rate, there sure have been a lot of people sick. I've been led to believe that one cause of salmonella is from raw eggs. It's really hard to believe that so many people ate raw eggs. I think there has to be much more to the story.
The dangerous part of the egg is the yoke, as the white does not support multiplication of the bacteria well. The yoke, however, is the perfect media for bacteria to grow. Chickens that are grossly infected with salmonella, rarely may produce eggs that have the bacteria in the yoke. Aging eggs are more likely to have contaminated yokes.
Many folks, including me, like eggs with uncooked yokes.
The risk is generally low for salmonella from eggs prepared with uncooked yokes
If the risk was even moderate, the health departments in all jurisdictions would ban uncooked yokes in restaurants, or require that they use eggs pasteurized in the shell. To my knowledge, no health authority has required this.
Egg Safety Center