Thousands of Israeli eggs contaminated with salmonella

Tests reveal dangerous strain of salmonella in Yesh Maof eggs. Company claims coops are clean.

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The Health Ministry on Sunday evening warned Israeli consumers again that laboratory tests on eggs from the Yesh Maof farm revealed that between 40,000-80,000 eggs were infected with salmonella enteritidis, a dangerous strain of salmonella bacteria.

The infected eggs are no longer being marketed, and the public is requested not to consume eggs marked with the number 98 and a use-by date of November 7, 2017, or with the number 67 and a use-by date of November 14, 2017.

According to Yesh Maof, the chicken coops have been cleaned and are free of salmonella enteritidis. The company also hinted that the stamps on the infected eggs may have been forged.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said it will "continue testing and monitoring" in order to protect the public health. They also said they are investigating the claim that the stamps on the eggs were forged.

Less than 3% of Israel's eggs - less than in Europe and the US - are infected with salmonella.

In September, Israel's Health Ministry warned that up to 11 million Yesh Maof eggs might be infected with salmonella enteritidis. Tests conducted on the company's chicken coops confirmed the presence of the bacteria.








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