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Keep clear of cracked, dirty eggs

Queensland Health has urged consumers not to purchase or consume cracked, dirty or unstamped eggs, and to report any incidences to their local Public Health Unit.

Health Protection Executive Director Sophie Dwyer said cracked or dirty eggs had a greater risk of Salmonella, one of the leading causes of food poisoning.

"Eggs that are cracked or dirty have a much higher chance of carrying bacteria and, in turn, significantly increase the risks of food poisoning," Ms Dwyer said.

"Surface contamination can also contaminate the egg during the cracking of the egg.

"Cracked or dirty eggs should not be used in the preparation of food, and consumers are advised to always check eggs before purchasing them.

"Any eggs that are damaged after purchase should be thrown out and not used.

"Cartons that contain cracked eggs should be discarded and not reused to prevent cross contamination.

"Eggs should never be washed as the shells become more porous, making it easier for any bacteria to get inside the egg."

Consumers are advised to always thoroughly wash their hands after handling eggs.

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Last updated: 12 March 2015