Veterinary Dept finds no presence of salmonella at Jeram poultry farm

PETALING JAYA: The Veterinary Services Department (DVS) has found no presence of Salmonella enteritidis (SE) at a poultry farm that had its eggs recalled by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

DVS said they had conducted further investigation on the CES 008 poultry farm where cloaca smears, fecal smears and egg samples as well as food and water samples from the poultry farm were tested for SE at its Salak Tinggi laboratory.

"The results of the laboratory tests on the samples found that there was no salmonella bacteria," it said in a statement Sunday (March 21).

DVS said it will hold further discussions with SFA on the matter.

On March 13, SFA instructed four importers to recall eggs supplied by a company in Jeram, Kuala Selangor, following the detection of Salmonella enteritidis in the product, as a precautionary measure.

These affected eggs were from the Lay Hong Bhd Layer Farm in Jeram, Kuala Selangor.

On another batch of affected eggs, identified by the stamp "CEM014” from another poultry farm, DVS said it is conducting investigations and had taken samples on the farm for SE testing.

"DVS, through the National Animal Disease Surveillance Programme, will enhance salmonella monitoring at all 276 poultry farms throughout the country to ensure the supply and safety of the eggs that are sold," it said.

DVS pointed out that SE contamination occurs almost all over the world, adding that the contamination can occur either at the farm level due to bad farming practices in terms of biosecurity and farm hygiene and also along the egg marketing chain due to unhygienic egg handling processes.

DVS also advised consumers to ensure that the eggs they purchase are clean, free of fecal contamination, stored in a suitable place, and fully cooked before consumption.

"SE can be killed at temperatures above 71°C," it said.

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