The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has detected the presence of Salmonella Enteritidis(SE) in eggs imported from Teo Seng Layer Farm 1 in Malaysia.
The affected eggs can be identified by the stamp “CEJ027” on the eggs.
As SE may cause foodborne illness if food is consumed raw or undercooked, SFA has directed all six importers to withhold or recall the affected eggs.
In particular, BH Fresh Food Pte Ltd have been directed to recall the affected eggs that had been distributed to retail outlets for sale as a precautionary measure. The recall is ongoing. The other five importers have been told to withhold the affected eggs from distribution.
The farm is also suspended and will not be allowed to export their eggs to Singapore. SFA will lift the suspension only when the farm has rectified the SE contamination issue.
As SE can be destroyed by heat, eggs are safe to consume if they are cooked thoroughly. SE can survive in raw and undercooked eggs and may cause foodborne illness.
The symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. While the infection typically subsides within a week in most people, SE can cause serious infection in vulnerable population such as the elderly, young children, and those with weakened immune systems.
Consumers who have purchased the affected eggs are advised to cook them thoroughly before consumption. Those who have consumed the eggs and are unwell should seek medical attention.