Influence of time and temperature on Salmonella enteritidis multiplication in experimentally injected eggs was examined. There was an increase in the number of S. enteritidis with the increase in temperature of egg storage. There was less increase of S. enteritidis in eggs stored at 4 degrees C than in eggs held at temperatures higher than 4 degrees C (P less than 0.05). These results suggest a possible method for monitoring commercial eggs for the presence of S. enteritidis. It was concluded that the chances of recovery of S. enteritidis can be increased 10(6)-fold or more by holding the eggs at temperatures of 21 or 27 degrees C for more than 20 days and culturing their contents.