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Potential Egg-Related Illness

Date issued: 21 March 2019

Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals and consumers

Key messages

  • A national recall of eggs produced by Bridgewater Poultry is underway following the detection of a particular strain of Salmonella bacteria (Salmonella Enteritidis) on the farm. 
  • Food products contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed. 
  • As of 21 March there are five Victorian residents identified with Salmonella associated with this recall. 
  • Symptoms include diarrhoea, fever, headache, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. 
  • Symptoms of Salmonella infection usually occur between six and 72 hours after eating contaminated food and commonly last for four to seven days.  
  • These eggs have been sold under different brands through Coles, Woolworths and a variety of independent stores nationally. 
  • Consumers should check if eggs they have purchased are affected by this recall by comparing the product with details of the recalled eggs at www.foodstandards.gov.au/recalls
  • Consumers who have purchased these eggs should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them in the rubbish bin. DO NOT dispose of these eggs in a compost bin. 
  • Consumers are also advised they MUST NOT feed these eggs to any domestic animals or livestock. 

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