If the eggs are little bit old, and I used the egg whites to make Italian meringue, is it safe to it ?

Egg whites could contain salmonella, and especially in my country where eggs are sold locally from local farms without being tested. I have the eggs in the refrigerator since 2 weeks, and sometimes I make scrambled or boiled eggs with them, but could I eat meringue with them that is made by adding hot syrup (Italian meringue) ?

The syrup will cook the whites or there still a danger of eating it ?

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    I had old eggs in refrigerator..eating raw egg whites would give you salmonela right ? So the syrup totally cook the whites and make it safe ? – alim1990 Mar 28 '17 at 13:35
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    If you disagree that the duplicate answers your question, please feel free to edit the question to explain what you're trying to ask more thoroughly, particularly explain why the duplicate does not meet your needs. – Catija Mar 28 '17 at 23:30
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    @rumtscho it's not a duplicate. Egg whites could contain salmonela, and especially in my country where eggs are sold locally from local farms without being tested. I have the eggs in the refrigarator from 2 weeks ago, and sometimes I make scrambled egg or boiled eggs with them, but could I eat meringue with them that is made by adding hot syrup (Italian meringue) ? If you know how italian meringue is made you will understand why I am asking this question. – alim1990 Mar 29 '17 at 5:28
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    Wouldn't eggs unsafe for raw consumption be just as unsafe if they were fresh? – rackandboneman Mar 29 '17 at 8:25
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    It seems like the actual question here is simply whether it's safe to make Italian meringue with those eggs - as others have said, if they're unsafe due to salmonella when a bit old, they were unsafe when fresh too (the salmonella was already there). You might consider editing to focus more clearly on that. – Cascabel Mar 29 '17 at 19:18
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In short, if they are safe to eat cooked still they are likely safe to eat in a meringue.

There is a higher chance of salmonella on the outside of shell than the inside. 2 Weeks for eggs in the fridge is not very long. To find out a bit about the bacteria actions within the egg, submerge the whole egg fully in 2 cup a measuring cup of water. Make sure there is a couple inches of water above the egg when you first put it in. If the egg stands up, it is not super fresh, but also not spoiled, if it floats then it is not very fresh. If it jumps straight to the top of the water and bobs around, I wouldnt make meringue with it.

As the egg ages and bacteria develops inside, gases are released which will make the egg float. Eggs that float are still edible, but not super fresh and should be cooked more thoroughly.

This is a rough guide, but it has always served me well, I learned it from dumpster diving.

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