Health & Fitness: Another Bad Break for Eggs

Now they are blamed for rising rates of food poisoning

"One hopes for so much from a chicken and is so dreadfully disillusioned," wrote Sherwood Anderson in 1921, in a celebrated short story titled The Egg. Anderson's melancholy view is more apropos than ever. The poor egg, already condemned by heart specialists for its high cholesterol content, was blamed in last week's Journal of the American Medical Association for yet another scourge: food poisoning. Illness due to the bacterium Salmonella enteritidis -- vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever and headache -- has increased sevenfold in the northeastern U.S. during the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And during a...

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