Raw eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella

Raw eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella.

Symptoms of Salmonella infections are usually experienced only by the mother and include fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea (15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).

However, in rare cases, the infection may cause cramps in the uterus, leading to premature birth or stillbirth (17Trusted Source).

Foods that commonly contain raw eggs include:

  • Lightly scrambled eggs
  • Poached eggs
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Homemade mayonnaise
  • Salad dressings
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Cake icings

Most commercial products that contain raw eggs are made with pasteurized eggs and are safe to consume. However, you should always read the label to make sure.

Pregnant women should always cook eggs thoroughly or use pasteurized eggs.

SUMMARYRaw eggs may be contaminated with Salmonella, which can lead to sickness and an increased risk of premature birth or stillbirth. Pasteurized eggs can be used instead.