It is safe to consume eggs and poultry products

 The Layer Industry has unfortunately been hit by the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the Western Cape Province, which started from the wild birds and spread to commercial egg layer birds. There have been no reported cases of the spread of the virus from the egg layer birds to humans. We therefore advise the consumers that it is safe to consume eggs and poultry. Care should however be taken to handle eggs and meat hygienically and prevent cross-contamination, and ensure thorough cooking. 

 The circulating WhatsApp message warning consumers from consuming eggs is unfounded and intends to create panic. There has not been any disease confirmed associated with poultry that affects people. The message also fails to disclose the reason for this warning making it difficult to address the specific concern raised. 

The South African Poultry Association

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