Singapore orders recall of eggs from Malaysian company

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has directed four importers to recall eggs from Malaysian company, Lay Hong Berhad Layer Farm Jeram, after it detected presence of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE).

In a statement yesterday, SFA explained that the eggs were recalled as a precautionary measure because SE might cause foodborne illness if food is consumed raw or undercooked.

"The recall is ongoing. The farm is also suspended and SFA will lift the suspension only when the farm has rectified the SE contamination issue." SFA said.

The importers involved are Ang Seng Eggs Supplier, Dasoon Pte Ltd, Heng Guan Food Industrial Pte Ltd and Lam Leng Trading Co.

The agency said as SE could be destroyed by heat, therefore, the 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."

SFA added that the affected eggs can be identified by the stamp "CES008" on the eggs.

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