An urgent recall has been announced for a popular brand of eggs over fears they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The eggs, from Steve’s Farm Fresh Eggs, were sold through butchers, cafes and independent stores primarily in western Sydney, the NSW Food Authority said.
The affected products include My Farm 12 Free Range Eggs 700g, and My Farm Cage Eggs 700g.
The best before date on all cartons is May 6, 2019.
Any customers who purchased an affected carton should dispose of the eggs or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Customers are being advised not to eat the eggs.
The recall is one of several salmonella scares to hit Australian egg farms in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, cartons of Southern Highland Organic Eggs with a best before date up to May 9 were recalled from stores in NSW and Victoria.
Another recall from Victorian company Bridgewater Poultry Farm affected eggs sold in Woolworths and Coles across Australia.
CEO of the NSW Food Authority Dr Lisa Szabo said seven properties in NSW had been affected by salmonella, which may have been spread from property to property through the movement of produce, equipment, feed, people and vehicles.
“This is one of a number of recent recalls that are related to the detection of this particular organism,” Dr Szabo said.
“Salmonella Enteritidis is a particular strain of Salmonella that we haven’t seen linked to NSW eggs before.
“We are working with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to actively target it through increased surveillance and testing, in cooperation with the egg industry.”
Symptoms of salmonella enteritidis include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and nausea.
They usually start six to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and can last up to a week.
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