SALMONELLA WARNING ISSUED OVER EGGS SOLD IN 3 MAJOR SUPERMARKETS

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The Food Standards Agency is warning of a potential salmonella risk in eggs sold in 3 major supermarkets.

The precautionary advice is being issued to consumers who have purchased a specific batch of British Lion eggs. It comes after salmonella was discovered in the environment, with the eggshell also potentially contaminated.

Islanders who shop in Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Asda should check their eggs straight away. Although it is known only certain stores are affected, it isn’t clear which stores these are.

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Affected eggs can be identified by the batch code and the best before date stamped on the eggshell. The eggs affected are in batch 1UK15270. 

As a precaution, consumers are advised to thoroughly cook the eggs listed in the table above, this means the egg yolks and whites should not be eaten runny. This will eliminate salmonella and avoid risk of illness.

Symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

Affected eggs and stores

Sainsbury’s (certain stores)

Product Pack size Best before date
Medium Free Range Eggs by Sainsbury’s 6 30 October 2020

05 November 2020

Large Free Range Eggs by Sainsbury’s 6 30 October 2020

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05 November 2020

Very Large Free Range Eggs by Sainsbury’s 6 30 October 2020

01 November 2020

05 November 2020

Medium Free Range Eggs by Sainsbury’s 12 01 November 2020

05 November 2020

Large Free Range Eggs by Sainsbury’s 12 30 October 2020

01 November 2020

04 November 2020

05 November 2020

Mixed Size Free Range Eggs by Sainsbury’s 15 30 October 2020
Basics Mixed Size Barn Eggs 15 01 November 2020
J James Mixed Size Free Range Eggs 10 01 November 2020

05 November 2020

Aldi (certain stores)

Product Pack size Best before date
Merevale Medium Free Range Eggs 6 04 November 2020

Asda (certain stores)

Product Pack size Best before date
Asda Large Free Range Eggs 12 30 October 2020

Only the eggs listed above sold at the stores in the table are affected.  No other eggs sold by these retailers or eggs sold at other shops are affected. There is no need to change your shopping habits for eggs or your usual cooking habits for eggs not listed above.

Consumers should always follow good hygiene and egg handling practices when handling eggs and associated packaging, including:

  • storing eggs in the fridge until use
  • using eggs by the best before date
  • cleaning surfaces and kitchen equipment effectively after use, including the fridge
  • washing hands thoroughly after handling of eggs, including packaging and eggshells

Anyone who is concerned about symptoms should contact their GP or 111 in the first instance.

Consumers who wish to return the potentially affected eggs should contact the store from where they bought them for further information.

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Sharon

You don’t store eggs in the fridge!

Ivor Biggun

The British Egg industry web site says:- Look for the British Lion mark to guarantee that the eggs have come from hens vaccinated against salmonella Make sure that there is a best before date on the egg – this is not a legal requirement, but all British Lion eggs are date-stamped Keep eggs in their original boxes when storing – this ensures any odours from surrounding foods are shut out If you take eggs out of their box, make sure you store and use them in date order Store eggs at a constant temperature below 20°C – this maintains freshness and… Read more »

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