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South African Poultry Association Assures Safety of Consuming Eggs During Avian Flu Outbreak



South African Poultry Association

Amid concerns surrounding the recent Avian flu outbreak, the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has provided crucial information regarding the safety of consuming eggs and poultry products. Dr Abongile Balarane from SAPA and registered dietitian Monique Piderit from Nutritional Solutions, have emphasised that it is safe to include eggs and poultry in one’s diet during this outbreak.

SAPA has had to deal with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza strains. These strains have affected the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North West. All farms affected by HPAI have been promptly placed under quarantine. No chickens or eggs are permitted to leave these farms.

The association’s statement clarifies that chickens infected with HPAI exhibit rapid illness and mortality rates. This condition significantly reduces egg production on affected farms, ensuring that eggs from these sources do not reach store shelves.

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SAPA also addresses common myths associated with the outbreak:


Myth: Avoid eating eggs during the avian flu outbreak.

Fact: The Avian flu outbreak raises concerns about the safety of consuming eggs. Properly cooked eggs and chicken do not transmit the avian flu to humans. The heat from cooking destroys the virus. There have been no reports of the virus spreading to humans through chicken meat or eggs. Always cook eggs thoroughly before consumption to prevent food-borne illnesses.

Myth: The eggs in our supermarket and grocery shelves are unsafe to eat.

Fact: Eggs and poultry available at local grocery stores are safe to consume. Strict safety guidelines are in place to ensure the safety of these products during an outbreak. Avoiding eggs can negatively affect our health. Eggs are a cost-effective and highly nutritious food source. They are protein-rich and contain 13 essential nutrients, including heart-healthy fats. They remain a budget-friendly protein choice for South Africans. They can be enjoyed as a snack or a quick meal throughout the day.

Source: Avian flu outbreak: ‘It is safe to consume eggs’


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