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FDA Warns Over Homemade Eggnog


The staff of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about using raw eggs to produce homemade eggnog. Both raw eggs and unpasteurized milk represent potential health risks to consumers. The FDA suggested the use of pasteurized egg liquid and milk as ingredients for homemade eggnog.

Although commercial eggs produced in accordance with the FDA Final Rule on Prevention of Salmonella and various state egg quality assurance programs (EQAPs) should be free of Salmonella Enteritidis, eggs from backyard flocks and non-compliant farms may be contaminated with a range of pathogenic Salmonella. It is noted that the FDA has no jurisdiction over flocks with less than 3,000 hens. Eggs from these flocks are sold at farmers’ markets or at farm stalls without statutory testing or supervision of production standards to ensure freedom from infection.