Apparently not another raw egg outbreak in Australia

This is why I put question marks on some headlines: because something doesn’t seem quite right.

A story dated June 7, 2012 and published by ThePoultrySite – my favorite read while exfoliating in the bath – had this lede:

AUSTRALIA – Currently the NSW Food Authority is investigating 49 cases of Salmonella poisoning, suspected to be from consuming foods containing raw egg.

I dutifully blogged the news, not so much the research, but that there was yet another outbreakof salmonella in eggs which, given the track-record in Australia, would be far from surprising.

An answer arrived a week later in the form of an e-mail from the New South Wales Food Authority: “The information the Poultry CRC used was actually from a media alert posted on our website in 2007 – http://foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/news/alerts-recalls/alert-eggs-and-food-poisoning/.

Oops. Sorry. A table of raw-egg related outbreaks in Australia is available at http://bites.ksu.edu/raw-egg-related-outbreaks-australia.