SIBU: Consumers in the state have been assured that the eggs in the market are safe for consumption as the product is supplied locally.
According to Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development (Manred) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, these eggs are supplied by local farms in the state regulated by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak.
He gave this assurance when asked if the eggs in the local market were safe for consumption, following news report about the detection Salmonella enteritidis in the product, which led to a recall of a supplier’s eggs in Singapore.
“Eggs in the markets across Sarawak are safe for consumers as they are supplied by local farms in the state regulated by DVS Sarawak.
“Yes, we do conduct regular checks and monitor our layer chicken farms,” Dr Abdul Rahman told The Borneo Post yesterday.
Asked on the symptoms associated with consuming food contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, he said a person infected with the bacterium would usually experience fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea in 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food.
“The illness would usually last four to seven days, and in many cases, a person would recover without antibiotic treatment,” said Dr Abdul Rahman.
On Saturday, Bernama reported that Singapore had instructed four importers to recall eggs supplied by a company in Jeram, Kuala Selangor, following the detection of Salmonella enteritidis in the product.
The Singapore Food Agency said on its website that the directive was made following the discovery of the bacterium
in the product, which could cause food-borne illness if the eggs were to be consumed raw or half- cooked.