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Royal icing contains raw egg whites. Is it safe?

Royal icing—often called for when decorating Christmas cookies—contains raw egg whites. Is this safe? Is there another way to make royal icing?
Submitted by kayla.b.craig

The risk is slight, but it is indeed possible for raw egg whites to contain foodborne pathogens, such as salmonella. Fortunately, you can prepare royal icing with meringue powder—available at crafts stores and bakery-supply outlets—or with pasteurized egg whites, which are available in most grocer’s dairy cases. Both products make perfect—and perfectly safe—royal icing.

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