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Eggs In Chocolate Olive Oil Mousse

Asked by Vickivickiv. Answered on 3rd February 2019

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Is it OK to eat raw eggs in the Chocolate Olive Oil Mousse recipe?

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Chocolate Olive Oil Mousse
By Nigella
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Nigella's Chocolate Olive Oil Mousse (from AT MY TABLE contains uncooked eggs, as do many chocolate mousse recipes. Consequently, it may not be suitable for those with a weakened immune system, such as children, pregnant women and the elderly, if there is a risk of salmonella in your area.

In the UK (at time of writing) the UK Food Standards Agency have said that British eggs that are stamped with the "Lion Quality Mark" now have an extremely low risk of salmonella, thanks to a sustained and extensive vaccination programme, and these eggs can be eaten raw or lightly cooked by some of the groups of people mentioned above. However this advice is only for British "Lion Quality Mark" eggs and does not extend to any other eggs produced or sold in the UK or other countries. If you prefer to avoid raw or lightly cooked eggs then we would suggest trying Nigella's Instant Chocolate Mousse as this gets its light and airy texture from whipped cream rather than from whisked eggs.

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