Dangerous germs: Poultry yard recalls eggs because of Campylobacter bacteria
The Geflügelhof Ertl KG from Lower Bavaria is recalling chicken eggs due to an existing health hazard, which were sold in branches of Rewe and Edeka. According to company information, Campylobacter spp. (C.coli) found. These bacteria can cause contagious diarrhea.
Campylobacter bacteria found on eggshells
Due to an existing health hazard, the Geflügelhof Ertl KG from Lower Bavaria has started a recall for chicken eggs, quality class A, weight class M from free range, with the best before date 20.02.2018. According to the company, the product was sold in food retailing in Rewe and Edeka branches in Upper and Lower Bavaria as well as in the Upper Palatinate. “Only on the eggshells were thermophilic Campylobacter spp. (C.coli) ”, says a message published by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety on its portal“ Lebensmittelwarnung.de ”.
Infections can be dangerous
Campylobacter can cause infections that include symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, headache, muscle and joint pain.
The symptoms usually resolve themselves after several days.
In rare cases, complications from Campylobacteriosis can also be Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disease of the nervous system.
In immunocompromised patients, infants and the elderly there is a chronic course and in the worst case the infection can reach life-threatening proportions.
Sick people can infect other people
Sick people should be careful as they can infect others as well. As the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) explains on its portal "infektionsschutz.de", "infection from person to person via smear infection" is possible.
"The pathogens get into the mouth in the smallest traces of stool residues from a sick person through dirty hands," said the experts.
In the event of illness, you should therefore pay attention to optimal hand hygiene.
"Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the toilet," explains the BZgA.
And: "Sick people should not prepare food for others."
Seek medical attention if symptoms persist
Geflügelhof Ertl KG advises anyone who has eaten the eggs affected by the recall and develops severe persistent symptoms, should seek medical help and point out a possible Campylobacter infection.
"It does not make sense to go to medical treatment without symptoms," the message says.
"After the eggs have cooked through (e.g. baking) there is no health risk for you."
Customers who have bought the corresponding item can return it to their shops without a presentation of the sales receipt, without having to reimburse the purchase price. (ad)