Navigation Links
Food Safety Expert Offers Tips to Be Safe in Wake of Costco & Safeway Egg Recall
Date:3/23/2009

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of the recent recall of eggs by den Dulk farms due to Salmonella, California-based food safety expert Jeff Nelken is strongly advising Americans, especially pregnant women, children and those 55 or older, to take precautions when eating eggs at home or in restaurants.

More than 93 percent of Americans consume eggs, potentially one of the most dangerous foods in terms of food-borne illness. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella illness is responsible for 1.4 million illnesses, 15,000 hospitalizations and 400 deaths in the U.S. annually. Salmonella side effects can range from gastrointestinal distress to arthritis and even death. At-risk groups, including pregnant women, children under 10, those 55 or older or those with a compromised immune system due to disease or illness are at risk for major complications, including bone marrow disease, heart valve damage and if pregnant, miscarriage.

"Eggs have always been a high risk food due to the number of eggs that carry Salmonella and the potential cross contamination within the kitchen," said Nelken, who has advised food manufacturers, restaurant chains and others on food safety issues for years. "Many think that cooking, cleaning or refrigerating can eliminate Salmonella. Not true! You must cook it to 160 degrees and if you don't, just one egg with Salmonella, mixed in with others for a larger dish or tracked through a kitchen, has the potential to sicken hundreds."

Nelken said that three out of 10 Americans still eat their eggs in styles that are undercooked such as over easy and sunnyside up and seven of 10 Americans eat scrambled eggs, which can also pose a risk if they are served softly scrambled. The best way to deal with Salmonella in foods is to remove the risk before it enters the kitchen, Nelken said.

He recommends using only pasteurized shell or liquid eggs when cooking to eliminate potential cross contamination. Some tips from Nelken to ensure food safety when prepping and cooking:

  1. Cook your foods to the proper temperatures; eggs need to reach 160 degrees throughout. Cook eggs to a point where yolks and whites are solidified. Use a thermometer to be sure.
  2. Purchase pasteurized eggs -- make sure the label says pasteurized -- and enjoy a full range of foods such as eggs over easy, cookie dough or Caesar salad, without the risk associated with non-pasteurized eggs.
  3. Wash hands frequently when handling raw egg products and before and after handling eggs.
  4. Refrigerate eggs. Make sure not to expose eggs to the "danger zone" temperatures of between 41-135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Don't be afraid to ask how food is prepared when dining out. Make sure kitchens practice food safety preparation. Kitchens should not save egg wash, use batter containing eggs from one meal to the next or pool eggs. Don't eat eggs that are prepared in lightly cooked styles unless pasteurized shell eggs are used.

If consumers have eggs involved in the recall, they should contact the store where they were purchased. If consumers are not sure about the eggs they have, they should call their local health department.


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Pasteurized Eggs
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Non-safety-related voluntary market withdrawal of a limited portion of DAYTRANA(R) (methylphenidate transdermal system) patches announced
2. Dr. Barry Friedberg comments on David vs. Goliath: Whos Really in the Pursuit of Patient Safety & Satisfaction?
3. eFoodSafety.com, Inc. Changes Name to Nuvilex, Inc., Reflecting New Strategic Direction of Company
4. Convection Cooled 150-Watt Open Frame Power Supply Meets Medical and Industrial Safety Standards
5. Relsys International Announces the Release of the Argus Safety(TM) Suite 5.0
6. Safety Alert: From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
7. Glass tables: An overlooked safety threat
8. Kouros Azar, M.D. (doctorazar.com), Noted Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Offers Top 10 Tips to Patients to Help Celebrate National Patient Safety Awareness Week
9. Food Safety Expert: Americans Not Aware of Ongoing Risk & Complications of Salmonella Poisoning
10. QLT announces completion of Phase Ia safety trial of its synthetic retinoid product
11. Florida Plastic Surgeon Comments on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants, 2 Years after FDA Approval
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... certification process to promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, ... March 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Southern ... and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical associate professor Janice Frueh, ... cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health Conference. The SIU School ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes ... a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October ... Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse ... Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, ... quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many kids this ... by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids excited about ... ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having fun and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., ... vaccine design, and immune-engineering today announced the launch ... the development of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax ... provided exclusive access to enabling technologies to the ... MBA will lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced that its CE-Marked ... those with the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia in ... Essex, England commented, "I had ... no sleep at all, tremendous pain, with every movement ... [the AVACEN 100] enough, how this has and is ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... Mich. , Sept. 18, 2017  PMD Healthcare ... Specialty Pharmacy of Kalamazoo, Mich. , ... hub service that expedites and streamlines patient and provider ... PD 2.0, and wellness management services.  ... device used to measure lung function for a variety ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: