Raw eggs are a potential source of salmonella bacteria, and salmonella poisoning is the most common form of food poisoning in America. Pasteurization is a process where eggs are gently heated, just enough to kill the salmonella bacteria, but not enough to cook the eggs.
If you're preparing food for very young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems or the elderly — all of whom are at increased risk of food poisoning — pasteurized eggs are the way to go.
Is there a store near you that sells pasteurized eggs? A company called Davidson's Safest Choice sells pasteurized eggs through grocery store chains around the country. You can use their store locator to find a store near you that carries Davidson's pasteurized eggs.
In a pinch, or if you can't find a retailer near you that sells pasteurized eggs, you can always make your own pasteurized eggs at home in the microwave.