Shoppers at Coles, Woolworths and independent stores across the country are being warned not to eat Bridgewater Poultry eggs they recently bought.
Woolworths 12 Cage Free Eggs 700g, Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 600g, Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 700g, Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 800g, as well as Loddon Valley Barn Laid 600g in Victoria and South Australia only have been recalled.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand issued the warning this morning due to potential microbial salmonella contamination.
The products have been available for sale at Woolworths and independent stores in ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS and Coles in VIC and SA.
No other egg products sold by Coles are affected by the recall, and no Coles Brand products are affected.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton said the department had identified five cases of
illness which could be linked to this strain of salmonella.
“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.
“It is important to know that not all eggs are affected, but any eggs carrying the listed brands should return them to the point of sale for a full refund.
“Alternatively, they can be discarded by throwing them into the garbage, not the garden or compost.
“These eggs should not be given to pets or livestock.”
Food products contaminated with salmonella can cause severe illness if eaten.
Any people concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Poultry may carry bacteria such as salmonella that can contaminate the inside of eggs before the shells are formed.
Eggs can also become contaminated from the droppings of poultry through the laying process or from the environment through contaminated poultry feed or bedding.
Salmonellosis symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
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.
In January there were 412 cases of salmonella according to NSW Health data.
In September last year a horror outbreak of food poisoning from eggs struck down at least 23 people.