Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Are Egg Whites Safe To Drink Raw ?

This is a great question and we get emails about this all the time. The truth is, that only Eggology brand egg whites are safe to drink raw because they are continuously tested for salmonella and listeria. The USDA requires that all eggs (out of the shell) be tested, but only one in eight production days. That means, that a company may test their eggs today, and then not again until over a week from today. Eggology tests all day/every day.

Most people think that pasteurization makes egg whites safe, but nothing could be further from the truth. The USDA does require all egg (out of the shell) to be pasteurized, but this process only heats the eggs to approximately 134°F. This temperature only kills everyday bacteria, but you would have to heat the egg whites to above 174°F in order to kill harmful bacteria such as salmonella and listeria. Unfortunately, this high temperature would fully cook the egg whites, thereby eliminating raw usage. The intense testing makes Eggology the only egg whites completely safe to drink raw.

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