Department of Health

Health advisory lifted on egg company

01/04/14
Published by Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health notice advising people and businesses to use eggs from the Green Eggs company only in cooked products and dishes has been lifted.

The deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Michael Ackland said the advisory was lifted today after he was satisfied that measures instituted by the Department of Environment & Primary Industries and the Department of Health meant eggs from the company should be safe for consumption.

The Chief Health Officer’s alert was issued on March 3, after eggs from the company were linked to outbreaks of gastroenteritis due to salmonella at two restaurants which used them in raw-egg products.

Dr Ackland said thoroughly cooking eggs renders them safe from contaminants such as salmonella.

“The company has worked hard to meet the requirements put in place as a result of the outbreaks, and I am satisfied now that there is no increased risk if eggs supplied by Green Eggs are used in raw-egg products,” he said.

“Having said that, people need to be aware of the inherent increased risk of eating foods containing raw or under-cooked eggs from any source.

“Food and drinks containing raw and undercooked eggs, including mayonnaise, aioli, eggnog and tiramisu have been associated with salmonella outbreaks.

“These foods can be a risk, especially for the elderly and people with lowered immunity, children and pregnant women.”

Dr Ackland recommended that people cook eggs until they are hot all the way through, which kills any bacteria that may be present and ensures they are safe to eat.

“As a general food safety measure, people should check eggs are clean and have no visible cracks before they buy them,” he said.

“Eggs are a highly nutritious and healthy food and it is important that everyone has confidence that they are safe to eat at all times.

“After purchase, refrigerate your eggs, preferably in the original carton so you know the best-before date. If you find a dirty or cracked egg, throw it out.”

Reviewed 01 April 2014

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