Check your fridge: Salmonella warning issued for eggs with this stamp
The NSW Food Authority has issued a warning for people to check their eggs for contamination with salmonella.
Any eggs with the identifying stamp BEC or BEC115 need to be thrown away as they may have been contaminated.
The stamps will be on the individual eggs and not on the carton.
NSW Food Authority CEO Dr Lisa Szabo explained what eggs were safe to eat:
“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,” Dr Szabo said.
“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,” Dr Szabo explained.
“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.”
A prohibition order has been placed on the business that produced the eggs earlier in January to prevent them from selling eggs whilst the salmonella claim 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.
“We’d just like people to check and if they do have any eggs stamped BEC or BEC115 to throw them out to avoid any risk of food poisoning.”
With NSW Health data indicating that 412 cases of salmonella have been reported in January 2019, this number isn’t out of the ordinary, as earlier years in January have reported similar numbers.
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