There have been 5 cases of illness which could be linked to a strain of salmonella called Salmonella Enteritidis.
Bridgewater Poultry is recalling their products which have been available at Woolworths and independent stores in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and Coles in Victoria and South Australia.
The eggs are packaged as:
- Woolworths 12 Cage Free Eggs 700g
- Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 600g
- Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 700g
- Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 800g
- Loddon Valley Barn Laid 600g (VIC and SA only).
You can find more information about the recall, including best before dates of affected eggs, on the FSANZ website.
See the potential egg-related illness health advisory and Egg recall due to Salmonella Enteritidis question and answers on health.vic for updates on the outbreak.
All other eggs are safe to eat, provided people follow the usual requirements to cook eggs thoroughly. Avoid raw egg products, particularly if you have a compromised immune system, are aged under 2 or over 70, or if you are pregnant.
If you've bought eggs carrying the listed brands above, return them to the point of sale for a full refund. Alternatively, you can throw them into the garbage (but not the garden or compost). You shouldn't give the eggs to pets or livestock.
Salmonellosis symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
Symptoms usually start around 6 to 72 hours after the contaminated food is eaten and usually last for 4 to 7 days but can continue for much longer. If you have immediate health concerns, contact your medical professional.
For more information on how to reduce your food safety risk when consuming eggs, visit the Gastroenteritis - salmonellosis page at Better Health Channel.