Dozens of individuals are poisoned after consuming British eggs contaminated with enterics, an investigation has found, despite recent government assurances that the chance had been nearly eliminated.
At least 45 shoppers have fallen sick since Jan this year in a very major malady irruption health officers have derived back to contaminated eggs and poultry farms. Enterics will cause sickness and – in the most serious cases – will prove fatal. Public Health England (PHE), that monitors salmonella, isn’t aware of any deaths.
Despite outbreaks of this strain occurring for quite 3 years, the government has issued no public warnings concerning the protection of hens’ eggs. In 2017, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) told the general public that it had been safe for vulnerable individuals, together with pregnant girls and also the aged to eat raw, liquid or soft-boiled eggs. At the time the top of the FSA said: “The risk of enterics is currently thus low you needn’t worry.”
Internal records obtained by the Bureau of fact-finding Journalism and also the Guardian show that 25 egg-laying poultry flocks within Great Britain have tested positive for enterics in 2019 to this point, seven of them contaminated with the foremost serious strains of the bacterium. 2 egg-packing factories – one that provides leading supermarkets – have conjointly been contaminated, records show.
Eggs created by the infected poultry flocks were placed underneath restrictions, which mean they cannot be sold to the general public and should be sent for the process to kill the bacterium or be disposed of – whereas birds from infected flocks were culled.