The story below from the Wentworth Courier gives a taste of the disdain and food porn that permeates Australian egg culture.
A table of egg-based Salmonella outbreaks is available here.
The former partner of TV chef Manu Feildel has been implicated in a Salmonella poisoning incident at the Double Bay Public School’s Year 6 farewell event.
The incident, which occurred in December 2014, has since been the subject of a NSW Food Authority and NSW Health investigation.
A NSW Food Authority spokeswoman said an investigation had linked the salmonella outbreak “to a raw egg sauce served”.
“The NSW Food Authority has worked with the home-based catering business involved … and provided the operator with advice, guidance and information in relation to food safety requirements.”
Ronnie Morshead, Feildel’s partner for more than a decade and the owner-operator of Red Sage Catering which catered the function, said yesterday she had sent the Food Authority’s findings on to the school’s principal Andrea Garling.
“I believe the school is still waiting on an official report from the director of public health (Mark Ferson),” Ms Morshead said.
“But I understand, as far as (Professor Ferson) was concerned the whole (investigation) was complete.”
Last week, the Courier published details of six confirmed cases of salmonella following the farewell.
Prof Ferson, the South East Sydney Local Health District public health director, said on Monday that “more than six people were affected”, but as the Food Authority had completed its investigation, there was no need for him to conduct interviews with other victims.
A parent, who did not want their name published, said upwards of 25 people had fallen ill, including their own child who was still yet to fully recover.
“How can there have been a thorough investigation when not every body has been interviewed?” the parent said.
“There’s talk of reimbursing medical bills but this is so much more than that. What about all that unnecessary suffering?” Prof Ferson said his department had identified the farewell event as the source of a salmonella outbreak after receiving unusual lab results.
The school has declined to comment and has directed questions to the NSW Education Department.
A spokesman did not respond to the Courier’s questions yesterday.