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  • Eggs and Food Poisoning?

    Short Version: Eggs cooked 'sunny side up' gave my food poisoning. I guess they were undercooked somewhere on the sunny side?

    Long Version: After hours of throwing up, I finally stopped after the eggs I ate for LUNCH yesterday. I can deduce that they were indeed the cause of the problem.

    Anyone know what I did wrong? I cooked 'em on a pan, over medium heat, until the top side turned solid (rather than clear). Egg whites were solid. Yolks were half liquid, half solid (I suck at cooking). Sunny side up attempt left me not on the sunny side.

    Should I maybe wash them off first? Is it possible that there was something yuck-to-eat on the shell?


    Scrambled eggs from now on; I'll miss dipping my bacon in the yolk. But this was too many hours of hell to want to risk it again.
    Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

    Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
    Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
    Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
    F/23/5'9"

    26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

  • #2
    i've never ever gotten food poisoning from undercooked eggs and i almost always have runny yolks and jiggly whites

    were they old?

    eta old eggs or unwashed shells are all i can think of
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    • #3
      Well I got them a week ago. I don't think they are old, but I will for sure wash the shells now.
      Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

      Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
      Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
      Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
      F/23/5'9"

      26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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      • #4
        Never had this problem and I'm sloppy with the shells and such. Maybe you just got a bad batch...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by kathleen View Post
          Well I got them a week ago. I don't think they are old, but I will for sure wash the shells now.
          brave

          the last time i puked after eating it was quiche, and that was when i was 15

          i haven't eaten quiche since
          beautiful
          yeah you are

          Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
          lol

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          • #6
            Gotta jump right back on the chicken! Good for you, wash and carry on. Sorry you got sick. It's said that a few eggs here and there are bound to carry something or another, but the occasional sick day is far outweighed by the benefits - and a healthy, egg-fed person is easily equipped to cope with a little salmonella here and there! I cook my eggs on low heat, too - whites firm and yolks like the sunrise, clear on top and yellow on the bottom. Have only felt queasy once, and it passed. I ate a crap-ton of berries and felt great again within 12 hours.
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            • #7
              Putting the lid on top will probably fix your problem as well, Its likely to have been just that batch of eggs. Wouldn't worry too much!

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              • #8
                I doubt it's the eggs themselves, unless they've gone bad. It's more likely what was on the outside contaminated the whites and yolks and made you ill. Just wash them before cracking next time.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Damiana View Post
                  I doubt it's the eggs themselves, unless they've gone bad. It's more likely what was on the outside contaminated the whites and yolks and made you ill. Just wash them before cracking next time.
                  I went for the eggs this morning...

                  Of course, examining before cracking, I found POOP on the outside of one of them! Caked on, had to scrub with a sponge. Eww. The eggs are now hard boiling, after all being rinsed in hot water. Hard boiling the eggs should do the trick, I'd think.
                  Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                  Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                  Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                  Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                  F/23/5'9"

                  26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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                  • #10
                    food poisoning just happens some times. poop and eggs come out of the same chicken hole. The good news is your body will likely be prepared in the event you come into contact with the same bacteria again. I really wouldn't worry too much. Scrubbing your eggs seems like overkill, imho.

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                    • #11
                      Salmonella is found on the outside of eggs. So yep, if they are contaminated, it's from the outside and then it gets contact with the inside and can make you sick. The boiling would definitely take care of the problem. Also, you can just spray each egg with a little bit of vinegar/water solution and then wash before breaking them open and that should fix the problem as well.

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                      • #12
                        I have eaten fully raw eggs occasionally for years and never had a problem. (put them in shakes/smoothies). I typically have no fear, salmonella is not very common and it should be only on the outside I think. To be ultra anal you could indeed wash them but bacteria are tough buggers so really only a bleach rinse will actually kill them, but that is gross and overkill imo. Perhaps a rinse in vinegar will help. It might be better to boil them as you are doing; if it was me I would just switch brands/sources of eggs. But you should definitely also report the problem:

                        If you truly believe the eggs made you sick, you should contact the local health department and notify them of what happened; you should be able to tell them the brand, the date purchased, where purchased, there might be a lot number on the box, and better yet, provide them with some uncooked eggs in the original carton. Or if they were from a local farm same think, notify the health dept so they can investigate conditions on the farm.

                        This is a public health issue. A bout of food poisoning is just a nuisance to a healthy person, but could be potentially life-threatening to an immunocompromised person (very young or very old persons, cancer or transplant patients, etc). I strongly urge you to follow this up by officially notifying local health authorities and hopefully prevent other people getting sick from these eggs. Here's a link I dug up since you are in WA:

                        Food Complaints
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