Our egg supply in the USA is one of the safest in the world. and it is a fact that salmonella bacteria is there in the supply. We have about a 1 in 200,000 [I think I am quoting Alton Brown accurately] chance of contracting salmonella from an egg. And no, people, the egg does not have to be rotten, smell bad or look funny in any way for there to be salmonella in it.
So, it is up to us to choose if we will or will not eat undercooked or raw eggs. . Pregnant women, people with low immune systems, people with chronic diseases who might not have the strength to fight off a bacterial infection should not eat raw or undercooked eggs. The risk of getting it is the same, the result might be more terrible than getting sick.
I saw Rocky again for the I have long lost count time last night, and I still go eww when he swallows the eggs. Yes, even back then, we knew there was a risk in doing that, I saw Rocky when it first came out, and knew Sly had probably swallowed a lot of eggs for the take, and was running a risk. If I knew, then it was common knowledge.
I read an article in my e-mail from Cook's Illustrated, and it seems that potato salad can still be a risky thing to leave out of the refrigerator, with its eggs and mayo. but did you know that the potatoes also carry a risk of having salmonella in them?
So, store eggs properly in the refrigerator. Make sure they are fresh when you buy them. The longer the eggs are at room temp, the more the little salmonella germies [they love being out of the refrigerator] can reproduce in the egg, and the bigger the dose of them we can eat. And the more germs we ate, the better the chance that they will make us sick.
The Japanese also eat that poisonous fish where if it is not prepared correctly, the person who ate it will die. Do not judge food safety by the customs of that country, LOL, or any other for that matter..