You'd think I'd have found a clear answer regarding this, but I wasn't able to find anything on PH or anywhere else on the web!
I get fresh pastured eggs from a local farm. From what I've gathered, the chickens are as free-range as it gets, spending most of their waking hours in the Arizona sunshine (possibly something to which i can attribute my recent development of keratosis pilaris--along with my weekly 10-mile walks!). They live in sanitary, natural conditions and are fed a steady diet of various grasses, vegetable and fruit scraps and bugs. SEEMS LEGIT!
Are these eggs--the yolks, anyway--safe to eat raw? I've read conflicting information about unpasteurized eggs, with some sources saying they're okay as long as you're not immuno-compromised and/or pregnant and others saying you should NEVER eat unpasteurized eggs raw, conventional or not--and still other sources saying you should just pasteurize them yourself (a process for which I'd have to purchase a food thermometer, I think). Some sources say the risk that a pastured egg is carrying salmonella is significant, regardless of conditions or feed.
What do you all think? I currently eat them soft-boiled, but I'd love to be able to incorporate another raw animal food into my diet besides fish!
Here are the delicious, beautiful packages of nutritional happiness in question, for your egg-peeping pleasure: