With the recent recall on eggs, I suddenly had many clients asking me “is it still okay to eat eggs?” The answer is yes – but only certain types of eggs.
John Robbins, a writer for the Huffington Post wrote a thorough summary of the correlation of how the egg industry operates and the risk of Salmonella.
The categories of how hens are treated are as follows:?
- Battery Cage – how the vast majority of hens are stored in cramped close cages where they are practically on top of one another.
- Cage Free- although far greater than battery cage, cage-free hens are still in cramped conditions with large numbers of hens in a small space.
- Free Range – the hens are free to roam the farm and are only kept inside at night.
- Organic – the hens are fed only organic feed, free of GMO (genetically modified) products. Hens fed organic feed may still be in cages.
What is the best way to still enjoy eggs and protect yourself from Salmonella?
The bottom line is that Battery Cage eggs carry a much higher risk of Salmonella due to the living conditions of the hens.
Free-range and organic eggs carry a minimal risk of Salmonella.
Bottom Line: Purchase eggs that are both free-range and organic. Make sure to cook your eggs, and avoid foods made with raw eggs.