If you have eggs in your house or about to cook with eggs today then you must read this BREAKING NEWS!
All consumers have been warned to immediately check their eggs as there are grave fears that thousands could have been contaminated with salmonella.
‘It is important to know that not all eggs are impacted but if you have any stamped with BEC or BEC115 we recommend as a precaution that you discard them,’ NSW Food Authority CEO Dr Lisa Szabo said on Friday.
That stamp will appear on the egg shells themselves, rather than the carton.
The eggs were not sold in cartons to supermarket giants Woolworths or Coles, Dr Szabo said.
Instead, they were provided in catering cartons.
‘All other eggs are safe to eat, provided people exercise the usual caution required for a special care food like eggs such as washing your hands and avoiding raw egg products.’
‘Particularly if you are a vulnerable population such as the immune compromised, under two or over 70 years of age or pregnant,’ Mrs Szabo said.
‘We typically see a rise in Salmonella during the warmer summer months, so this is an opportune time to remind people to practice good hygiene generally when preparing food and to always keep their hands, surfaces and utensils clean and dry before and after handling eggs.’
Salmonellosis symptoms include fever, headache, severe diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.
Symptoms usually start around 6 to 72 hours after the contaminated food is eaten and usually last for four to seven days but can continue for much longer.
Symptoms and signs of samonella
– Severe Diarrhoea
The NSW Food Authority placed a Prohibition Order on the business that produced the eggs earlier in January preventing them from selling eggs while the possible Salmonella contamination was investigated.
‘While it is likely that most affected eggs are no longer in the supply chain, it is possible that people may have purchased them earlier and still have some at home in the fridge or pantry,’ Dr Szabo said.
Anybody with immediate health concerns is urged to contact a healthcare professional.