Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated eggs Benedict

On 1 May the ACT Health Protection Service was alerted to a higher than expected number of diagnoses of salmonella. The ensuing investigation identified 20 cases among people who had breakfast at the same cafe on Anzac Day.

The outbreak strain was recovered from swabs taken from the kitchen, and officials concluded it was likely caused by contaminated eggs used in the preparation of hollandaise sauce.

Such outbreaks were increasingly common and more concerted efforts were needed in safe egg handling by food premises, improvement of consumer