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What Are Pasteurized Eggs?

The pasteurization process heats food to a certain temperature to kill harmful bacteria that may be present. Commonly used for milk, a process has been developed to pasteurize shell eggs. This process does not significantly change the taste or nutritional content of the eggs. Look for the words "pasteurized" on the label.

Egg products are eggs that have been removed from their shells including whole eggs, whites, yolks or blends. Egg products are pasteurized and may be available in liquid, frozen or dried forms.

Pasteurized eggs should be used in dishes that call for raw or undercooked eggs, such as Caesar salad dressing or homemade ice cream. Use either shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella by pasteurization or pasteurized egg products.

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