More brands of eggs recalled as salmonella outbreak continues

The latest recall comes after popular brand Bridgewater Poultry was forced to pull its eggs from shelves last week. Source: Pexels

Just a week after eggs were recalled from major supermarkets across the country, the NSW Food Authority has issued another recall of other brands of eggs.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Food Authority advised that CR and M Ash and Sons were conducting a recall of various cartons of 12 eggs. The eggs in question have been sold in IGA supermarkets, independent stores, bakeries and butchers across New South Wales.

Products impacted for the recall include Blue Mountains Free Range Eggs 700g, Blue Mountains Cage Free Eggs 700g, Fresh Eggs From My Farm 800g, Farm Fresh Eggs 600g, 700g, 800g and single sticker eggs with a best before date 26/April/19 and 3/May/19.

Like the previous recall, the NSW Food Authority confirmed the recall was due to potential microbial (Salmonella Enteritidis) contamination.

“Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund,” the Food Authority said in a statement.

It comes after popular brand Bridgewater Poultry was forced to pull a number of products from shelves in Woolworths and independent stores in the ACT, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, as well as Coles in Victoria and South Australia last week.

The eggs originally recalled included Woolworths 12 Cage Free Eggs 700g (barcode 9300633636982), Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 600g, Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 700g, Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 800g and Loddon Valley Barn Laid 600g (in Victoria and South Australia only). Of those, the ones believed to be affected have best before dates of March 19, 20, 23, 27, 30 and April 3, 6, 10, 14, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29.

Any eggs marked with the identifying stamp AF58-099-035 through to AF58-099-065 may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis and should not be consumed.

“The stamp AF58-099-035 through to AF58-099-065 will be found on the shell of individual eggs, not on the carton,” a statement released on Saturday read. “Consumers are advised they should not eat the eggs and to dispose of them in the garbage.”

The Food Authority also stressed that Australians be wary if ordering eggs from restaurants or cafes as potentially infected eggs are often sold to these outlets in bulk.

“Eggs are sold in different ways. These particular eggs were sold in caterers packs, not cartons, mostly direct to cafes and restaurants though some may have been on sold directly to consumers,” the statement continued.

“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.”

The Authority explained that eggs should always be cooked thoroughly until the whites are completely firm and the yolk begins to thicken. It’s also important to be aware of the symptoms of Salmonellosis including fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

In most cases, symptoms will appear six to 72 hours after the contaminated food is eaten and can last up to seven days. In extreme cases, these symptoms can stick around longer. If anyone notices symptoms they are advised to contact a GP or health professional as soon as possible.

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