The rotten truth about eggs
● Three-quarters of eggs are contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.
Academics who bought 468 eggs at shops in Pretoria found contamination on the shells‚ whites and yolks of 73% of them.
They say regulations on egg contents are urgently needed to safeguard public health. These should include a requirement that any product containing raw eggs should be conspicuously labelled with a warning that it may contain bacteria that could cause diseases.
E.coli‚ which can cause food poisoning‚ was the most common bacterium found in the 13 egg brands‚ but the finding that alarmed the researchers was salmonella contamination in five brands.
“This raises serious public health concerns‚” veterinary bacteriologist Alexander Jambalang wrote in the South African Journal of Science.