RESIDENTS in New South Wales are being urged to check their eggs, with fears a particular batch may be contaminated with salmonella.
Anyone who finds an egg stamped with BEC or BEC115 on its shell – not on the carton – is urged to throw it away to avoid any risk of food poisoning.
It’s understood the suspect eggs were sold in catering packs, not retail outlets, but it’s possible they could have ended up in domestic kitchens.
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The NSW Food Authority has recommended consumers discard the affected eggs as a precaution.
NSW Food Authority CEO Dr Lisa Szabo said they had been able to isolate the particular batch of eggs thanks to mandatory egg stamping required in NSW.
“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 said.
“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.
“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.”
Dr Szabo said it was common to 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.”
The NSW Food Authority last month placed a Prohibition Order on the business that produced the eggs while the possible contamination was investigated.
Salmonella symptoms can include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
People with compromised immune systems, children under the age of two, and the elderly are most at risk.
Symptoms usually start around six to 72 hours after the contaminated food is eaten and usually last for four to seven days but can continue for much longer.
If residents have immediate health concerns, they are urged to contact their medical professional.
According to NSW Health data, 412 cases of Salmonella infection were recorded in NSW last month.
NSW Health says this number is similar to the number that is typically recorded in January.
Children under five years of age have accounted for most cases, although all age groups have been affected.
For more information on how to reduce your food safety risk when handling and consuming eggs, click here.