Originally Posted by jezmondo69
i did hear recently though about keeping eggs in your fridge, that you should keep them at the bottom of the fridge, not at the top in those special holes in the fridge door. as aparently salmanella is on the exterior of the shell not just in its contents, so the theory is that it is possible for things stored below the egss to become infected should anything fall from the eggs?
Having worked in an egg factory as an industrial cleaner, I can safely say that yes, the above is fairly far fetched.
Eggs you buy in the grocery store are put through strict cleaning/sanitation processes (well, at least in Canada... I don't know other countries standards but I'm up to par on the CFIA's standards regarding eggs) and the chances of salmonella dropping from the egg into something else is slim to none.
Farm eggs, that don't undergo sanitation processes however...it is possible if there is a contaminant on the shell, that it could drop into something else. (a piece of fecal matter could be stuck to the egg, and drop off)
One of the not fun job perks is I've had salmonella poisoning several times. It was our job to clean the machinery that sorts/cleans/grades and packs the eggs. We dealt with the eggs straight from the farm.
My opinion only, from working with the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) : Eggs are not very dangerous if they've been cleaned. For the most part, salmonella is found on the shells, from the chickens.