From the USDA’s web sight:
“Use Safe Egg Recipes
Egg mixtures are safe if they reach 160 °F, so homemade ice cream and eggnog can be made safely from a cooked egg-milk mixture. Heat it gently and use a food thermometer.
Dry meringue shells are safe. So are divinity candy and 7-minute frosting, made by combining hot sugar syrup with beaten egg whites. Avoid icing recipes using uncooked eggs or egg whites.
Meringue-topped pies should be safe if baked at 350 °F for about 15 minutes. Chiffon pies and fruit whips made with raw, beaten egg whites cannot be guaranteed to be safe. Instead, substitute pasteurized dried egg whites, whipped cream, or a whipped topping.
To make a recipe safe that specifies using eggs that aren’t cooked, heat the eggs in a liquid from the recipe over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 160 °F. Then combine it with the other ingredients and complete the recipe.
To determine doneness in egg dishes such as quiche and casseroles, the center of the mixture should reach 160 °F when measured with a food thermometer.
Use pasteurized eggs or egg products when preparing recipes that call for using eggs raw or undercooked. “
I made sure I was clear in my e-mail to them that the only heat for the whites was from pouring the syrup in the whites. I even asked if you had to ‘heat’ the whites over water as most 7 minute frostings call for, to clarify this is not done in the reciped I used, and they said the hot syrup was okay.
I realize this might not satisfy all the issues, some very good ones that have come up regarding this issue, but when I read the previous post about egg whites, I just wanted to share this. Next time I will probably hold off, it seems there are way to many more questions than answers on this topic.
Thank you everyone for your kind and considerate responses. I guess the only complete safe way to go is if you can get pasteurized eggs or use the powdered egg whites. I will have to look for egg whites online for me, as there aren’t any places I can find pastuerized eggs in either of the states I live.