Just like cooked eggs, raw eggs are extremely nutritious. However, Agriculture and Food Industries Deputy Minister I Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah said yesterday (17 March) that we should avoid eating raw eggs for the next ten days.
According to The Sun Daily, Malaysians will have to wait another 10 days before they know if it is safe to consume eggs sold in the market.
Apparently, Singapore’s Food Agency announced last Friday (12 March) that it had instructed importers to recall eggs from the Lay Hong Bhd layer farm in Jeram, Selangor after detecting Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in the eggs.
In response to this, the Veterinary Services Department have collected samples from eight poultry farms in Jeram, Selangor for testing. The test requires the contaminated eggs to be pasteurised, a process called heat treatment.
Hamzah mentioned that samples of the eggs are now at the department’s laboratory in Salak Tinggi.
“We can expect to see some results in seven to 10 days,” he said while noting that the farm has been directed to stop marketing the eggs in the meantime.
Hamzah was surprised that the bacteria were found in the eggs by Singapore and stated that it is highly unlikely for Salmonella to appear inside an enclosed and intact shell.
He declined to say if the eggs that are still in the market would be recalled, pointing out that “it would be difficult” to tell the good ones from those that are contaminated.
However, public health expert Dr Hanafiah Bashirun said that the eggs can be safe for human consumption if boiled or fried at 100°C, with Hamzah agreeing too.
In case you didn’t know, the Salmonella virus, if consumed, can cause diarrhoea, abdominal pains, fever, nausea and vomiting.
So, remember y’all! Eat your eggs cooked for now.