Consumers are being warned to check their homes for eggs produced by Bridgewater Poultry farm (Victoria) after the detection of Salmonella Enteritidis.
Bridgewater Poultry has had controls placed on it by Agriculture Victoria, preventing the sale of eggs while the possibility of contamination is investigated. The farm, located near Bendigo in central Victoria, is conducting a recall of their products which have been available at Woolworths and independent stores in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and Coles in Victoria and South Australia.
Today, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton, said five cases of illness which could be linked to this strain of salmonella. However, he stressed eggs were safe to eat provided people follow the usual requirements to cook eggs thoroughly.
“People should avoid raw egg products particularly if they are vulnerable such as those with compromised immune systems, under two or over 70 years of age or pregnant,” Dr Sutton said. “These eggs should not be given to pets or livestock.”
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.