Pasteurised liquid egg supplied by sports nutrition company Myprotein has been subject to a product recall, following seven cases of salmonella among its consumers.
The Food Standards Agency instigated the recall on 10 October when tests on a sample of the product, used routinely by bodybuilders, confirmed the presence of Salmonella Enteritidis – known to cause diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever.
The recall relates to 1kg batches of Myprotein Free Range Liquid Egg Whites, with a “best before” date of 8 February 2013, sold via the Myprotein and Nutri Centre websites, and Nutri Centre stores.
Bob Adak, head of gastrointestinal diseases at the Health Protection Agency hoped that, with the product no longer in circulation, it would stop people becoming unwell.
“This is the second time we’ve seen salmonella contamination of liquid egg from imported products in recent years and it underlines the importance of ensuring manufacturers and retailers take extra care when purchasing egg products.”
British Lion Egg Processors spokesman
A similar outbreak, associated with consumption of liquid egg, had occurred in 2007 and affected 70 people, he added.
A spokesman from the British Lion Egg Processors urged food manufacturers and retailers to reconsider their purchasing.
“This is the second time we’ve seen salmonella contamination of liquid egg from imported products in recent years and it underlines the importance of ensuring manufacturers and retailers take extra care when purchasing egg products.
“The controls in the British Lion Code of Practice minimise the possibility of contamination.”