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The BBC's Nicola Carslaw reports
"The ban follows an outbreak of salmonella last summer"
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Thursday, 20 January, 2000, 14:20 GMT
Eggs banned in salmonella scare

Eggs off the menu in 33 elderly people's homes


Fresh eggs have been banned from the menu at all elderly people's homes run by Birmingham City Council, after a suspected outbreak of salmonella.

The council has taken the action in the wake of a salmonella scare last summer when a number of elderly people contracted food poisoning in one of its 33 homes.


We are concerned here about people who are at a greater risk of food poisoning than the general population
Birmingham Social Services
It was only last week that a safety symbol - the red lion - was re-introduced for eggs from chickens vaccinated against salmonella.

Healthcare professionals say that fresh eggs, even when cooked still hold a small risk of infection, especially to those who are frail.

While the number of cases of food poisoning through eggs has halved in the last couple of years, Birmingham's move will come as a blow to an industry still recovering from the salmonella scare of the late 1980s.

The council has replaced the use of fresh eggs with pasteurised liquid eggs in all of its elderly people's homes.

Quality mark

Bob Judges, of Birmingham Social Services, said: "We are concerned here about people who are at a greater risk of food poisoning than the general population.

"And obviously in a residential establishment there is a greater danger of transference from one resident to another."

But Andrew Jorret of the Egg Industry Council said: "We don't know the origin of the eggs in this particular incident and this was some months ago I understand.

"The message today is just look for the lion mark on the eggs."

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