There’s been a nationwide egg recall over a potential salmonella contamination in Victoria. Bridgewater Poultry sells products to @Woolworths and independent grocers in NSW as well as @Coles in other parts of the country. #EggRecall #7News pic.twitter.com/f5sn7Pf4kG
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 21, 2019
⚠️ Food recall ⚠️ Bridgewater Poultry is recalling various barn laid eggs and cage free eggs in ACT, NSW, Vic., Tas., and SA. The recall is due to potential Salmonella Enteriditis contamination https://t.co/XoaQSF8D1a #FoodRecallAu #FSANZ #FoodRecall #SalmonellaSE pic.twitter.com/NYVDl3a8C9
— FoodStandardsAusNZ (@FSANZnews) March 20, 2019
Spokesman John Coward said from time-to-time salmonella may be present in eggs given all warm-blooded animals can carry the bacteria in their intestines.
Bit of a concern that they are reporting that we have Salmonella Enteritidis in Australia. I would want this checked. SE is a different beast for the poultry industry and would make it mandatory for refrigeration etc… despite this, we could improve our egg monitoring. pic.twitter.com/SMz1rlVudp
— Kathryn Wilks (@kmwilks) March 21, 2019
“If varying strains of salmonella are present, in this case we have quite a nasty one, then the chance of it getting through a very small percentage and contaminating some eggs is there and that’s what happened,” he said on ABC radio on Friday.
“We are seeing an isolated outbreak. But there was an outbreak in NSW late last year.”
Some egg brands have been recalled across Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia after positive tests from the Bridgewater farm and numerous cases of salmonella enteritidis.
Symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and nausea, and usually start six to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and can last up to a week.
“It is like an exotic pest, it’s the cane toad of salmonella,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Thursday.
The company’s free-range and barn-laid eggs are packaged as Woolworths brand, Victorian Fresh, and Loddon Valley, with best-before dates ranging from March 20 to April 29.
The eggs should be destroyed.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) March 21, 2019
An investigation is underway to reveal links between the Victorian and NSW outbreaks and quarantine measures are in place at the Bridgewater farm where thousands of infected hens are expected to be destroyed.