Just in case the eggs are imported into Australia(which is doubtful) it is handy to know what is going on in the USA and the problems that can occur when handling chicken products; particularly eggs. This would also include eggs consumed from other domestic and farmed Poultry, ie geese ducks etc.
Last week, the U S Food and Drug Administration recalled 380 million eggs that were linked to outbreaks of illness nationwide caused by salmonella, a bacteria that leads to food poisoning. This week, the massive recall expanded to more than half a billion eggs. The problem of contaminated eggs continues, and the FDA may widen the recall even further since it has yet to discover how the chickens and eggs were contaminated.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, about 1,300 people have been sickened by salmonella, which can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, chills, fever, and even death.
Salmonella is an important disease and can be life-threatening for many people. If you develop salmonella poisoning and you're healthy and strong, you may not need treatment, the disease usually lasts four to seven days.
But the elderly, very young, and those with compromised immune systems are at risk. These people need to get medical advice and treatment, Fortunately, salmonella poisoning can be treated with readily available antibiotics.
Two egg producers, Hillandale Farms of Iowa and Wright County Egg, are the potential sources. The two producers are jointly owned and share chicken and chicken feed suppliers. There is no evidence that the outbreak extends beyond these two producers.
The eggs in question were sold under the Albertson and Ralphs brands in addition to Hillandale, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Kemps, Dutch Farms, Lucerne, Mountain Dairy, Boomsma's, Trafficanda, and Sunshine. The eggs are packaged in six- to 18-egg cartons. The packages are stamped with packing code numbers 136 to 225 (May 16 to Aug. 13), and come from plant Nos. 1026, 1413, or 1946. Codes and dates are stamped on the ends of the cartons.
In the meantime, how do you protect yourself and your family from being sickened by salmonella-infected eggs? The following tips will help keep you healthy:.
Cook eggs until both egg white and egg yolk are firm throughout. Cook all egg mixtures to 160 F.
Avoid uncooked eggs in any form including Caesar salad, sunny-side up eggs, French toast, and hollandaise sauce.
When buying eggs, check inside the carton to make sure all eggs are clean and uncracked.
Buy eggs pasteurized in their shells. The pasteurization process destroys salmonella. The packaging should be clearly marked if the eggs are pasteurized in their shells.
Keep eggs refrigerated in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not in the refrigerator door.
Use good hygiene. When you break the egg, throw away the egg shell and don't contaminate the counter top in your kitchen. We should be very cautious in how we handle them, how we clean them, and how we use them. Wash your hands after handling them.
More government regulation isn't the answer to salmonella-infected eggs, I don't think we need more regulations. We just need to realize that eggs can carry salmonella, and we need to be careful.
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