The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has recalled eggs imported from a Ukraine farm after detecting the presence of Salmonella enteritidis in them.
The LCC Yasensvit farm in Ukraine has been suspended and will not be allowed to export to Singapore until it has addressed the contamination fully.
Salmonella enteritidis can survive in raw and undercooked eggs. It may cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. However, the eggs are safe to consume if cooked properly.
Singapore started importing eggs from Ukraine in June 2019 as part of its strategy to diversify food sources to safeguard its food supply.
All eggs imported into Singapore must come from accredited sources that meet SFA’s food safety and animal health standards, including being free from Salmonella enteritidis.
SFA also advised local egg farms they are required to have good farm management practices and strict biosecurity measures in place to prevent the risk of Salmonella enteritidis contamination. This includes having a grading system to remove soiled or cracked eggs and regularly testing hens for the bacteria so eggs from infected flocks are not sold in the market.