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February 6, 2009

                                      
Australian gov't warns consumers to check on eggs
                                


New South Wales consumers have been warned to check their eggs to prevent cases of food poisoning. 

 

A recent food authority survey of more than 500 people revealed that just over half did not check if eggs were clean or crack-free, NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said.

 

The survey also showed that 41 percent believed raw and uncooked eggs were as safe as cooked eggs.

 

Given the survey results, it is important that consumers have to be taught and reminded on how to use eggs safety, said Macdonald.

 

The warning comes nearly two years after 319 people were affected, and 130 hospitalised, in the largest egg-linked food contamination outbreak in NSW.

 

The warning comes almost two years after 319 people were affected, and 130 hospitalised, in the largest food contamination outbreak in NSW.

 

Macdonald said eggs not properly prepared posed a particular risk to pregnant women, young people, and people over the age of 65.

 

About 400 businesses out of 60,000 in NSW were caught not complying with food handling regulations.

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