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Raw Egg Butter Blamed For Salmonella Outbreak In Adelaide

Raw egg butter is blamed for a salmonella outbreak that hospitalized 19 people in Adelaide. According to South Australian Health (SA Health), 51 people had fallen ill since the outbreak started.

Angkor Bakery outlets at Burton, Blakeview and Salisbury Downs in Adelaide's northern suburbs were closed last week after salmonella cases were linked to banh mi or Vietnamese rolls. 

Following the outbreak, SA Health revealed that the cases involved people who ate banh mi from the bakery. During the investigation, the three stores were closed. Two of them were negative to the salmonella test and soon re-opened. Meanwhile, the store at Salisbury Downs remains closed, and SA Health is coordinating with the management.

SA Health acting director of public health services Dr. Fay Jenkins said that the three bakeries were expected to resume their operation tomorrow. Jenkins advised the owners of the bakeries to stop using raw egg butter, an ingredient that is similar to mayonnaise.

“The owners of the Angkor Bakery stores continue to work closely with the local councils and SA Health to improve their practices, and all three bakeries closed voluntarily during the investigation,” Dr. Jenkins said.

In a previous report, SA Health revealed that raw egg butter, pate or barbecue pork ingredients could be linked to the outbreak. Of those aforementioned ingredients, the only one that contains raw egg is butter.

According to Jenkins, consuming raw egg products could be risky if not handled properly. Jenkins advised the public to ensure that the eggs are clean and not cracked or dirty because many food poisoning cases have been associated with food that contains raw or partially cooked eggs. Apart from eggs, it is also important to ensure that the cooking utensils are thoroughly washed, sanitized and dried after handling eggs.  

Symptoms of salmonella infection occur between 6 and 72 hours after exposure, Adelaide Now reported. The symptoms include fever, diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, headaches and loss of appetite. Severe symptoms may occur in pregnant women, children, older people and people who are immunocompromised. Anyone who suspects he has developed any of the symptoms should see a doctor and get tested for salmonella.