Stop eating frozen eggs, health department warns

Images: Wikimedia Commons
Images: Wikimedia Commons

Looks like onions aren’t the only thing Filipinos need to worry about. The price hikes on market goods have caused other staples to rise as well, including eggs, which saw a 45 percent increase in prices this month.

This has led several consumers to start purchasing frozen eggs because they’re cheaper than fresh ones — but the Department of Health has warned consumers that frozen eggs may be dangerous to their health.

The DOH said that frozen eggs can get contaminated with salmonella and e.coli, which can cause food poisoning in consumers. The risks persist even after the frozen eggs have been thawed and cooked.

“Frozen eggs can be a source of contamination and eventually cause food poisoning since raw foods are suitable for the growth of Salmonella bacterium and Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli),” the DOH said in a statement.

When in the body, these bacteria may cause severe and bloody diarrhea, stomach pains, fever, nausea, and vomiting, as well as cause infection, the DOH said.

Health officials also advised consumers buying eggs to examine them first and ensure they have no visible cracks or egg whites drooping from its shell, as well as foul odor.

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