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How long do you need to cook eggs to kill Salmonella?

I usually like the yolks soft or runny but am wondering if I should cook them longer. Is there a recommended temperature or consistency?

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You need to cook egg dishes to a temperature of 160 degrees to kill Salmonella. Cook eggs completely to kill Salmonella.

In other words, you should not eat sunny-side up eggs or soft boiled eggs if you fear Salmonella. The entire egg should be cooked through, hard yolk and white. Scrambled eggs should not be runny but firm. You must cook the eggs long enough to kill Salmonella.

Salmonella will not usually kill a healthy person, but someone young or old, or someone in poor health can get very sick and possibly die. Salmonella is a bacteria that gets on the eggs from unclean or unhealthy conditions, whether at the farm where the hen lays the egg or in the processing of the egg to the grocery store.

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There is a recommended temperature: 160 F. http://www.ehow.com/how_2322382_avoid-salmonella-poisoning.html

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I am a clinical microbiology technologist. Everyone does NOT have a small amount of Salmonella in their systems. It is not normal flora for humans. We report any Salmonella in any body site to the Department of Health and ultimately the CDC for tracking purposes. Salmonella can indeed kill people, depending on the strain and/or the patient involved. It is an organism that can cause both diarrhea, which can be mild to severe, and also become a systemic disease. That means the organism can invade other parts of your body. I have seen it in blood, sputum, joint fluids, urine, gall bladders, to name a few. Throwing out information like this, luv4kaoru, is tantamount to medical malpractice, and I'm sure you're not a physician. Bottom line: cook your eggs long enough to kill Salmonella. More information on the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/general/

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