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Q. I wonder about this every year at this time: If eggnog has eggs in it, how can it be safe to drink?

A. Homemade eggnog isn't always safe, since uncooked eggs can carry the salmonella bacteria, one of the organisms that can cause foodborne illness--but heat can kill the bacteria if it's present. The egg-and-milk combination in commercial eggnog products has been pasteurized, which means it's been heat-treated to kill microorganisms, such as salmonella.

To make homemade eggnog that's safe, use pasteurized eggs or egg products, or heat the eggs-and-milk mixture to a temperature of 160[degrees]F and chill the mixture before adding other ingredients. To learn more, check out this helpful guide from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: www.foodsafetygov/blog/eggnog.

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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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