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Aug 23, 2010 10:37 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

FDA commissioner: cook your eggs

An over-easy egg should make you uneasy -- according to the head of the Food and Drug Administration.

Margaret Hamburg says consumers should strictly avoid runny yolks, as investigators continue their probe of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1,300 people.

About a half billion eggs have been recalled from two Iowa egg distributors.

On the NBC Today Show, Hamburg also said the FDA needs more power to prevent food safety issues, rather than simply reacting after the fact. Under current law, she says, there's not much the FDA can do ahead of time.

Hamburg says Congress should approve pending legislation that would give the FDA greater enforcement power.

The number of illnesses from the salmonella outbreak is expected to increase.

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