The CNN Wire staff reports, "Fresh eggs being produced by farms at the heart of a massive recall are making their way to consumers via facilities that pasteurize the eggs, process them and rid them of any possible salmonella."
"The fresh eggs from the recalled farms are being diverted to USDA-approved facilities for pasteurization," Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Patricia El-Hinnawy said Wednesday."
But what does pasteurization actually entail? In the case of eggs, it simply means heating them, in the shell - usually in a water bath - to a temperature that kills any potential salmonella bacteria, but without actually cooking the eggs.
Wondering if yours are? Look for a "pasteurized" label or the letter "P" in a red circle on the carton - and even on individual eggs, depending on the producer.