Salmonella in eggs hit the headlines in December 1988 and the hazard of contaminated eggs was discussed in virtually every news programme and newspaper. The problem was not wholly new: outbreaks of salmonellosis from eggs had been well documented for many years. Usually eggs which were dirty, cracked, or contaminated after breaking were used to prepare egg dishes which received no further cooking. Egg dishes such as home made mayonnaise, home made ice cream and egg nog featured prominently in published outbreaks of food borne disease.
IRRADIATED FOODS An international conference on the acceptance, control of and trade in irradiated foods was held in Geneva at the end of 1988. A new EEC directive on irradiated food was discussed and Consumers' Association food expert, Anna Bradley claimed that the UK ban on food irradiation must stay in force until there is a test that can detect whether or not food had been so treated. She also called for more information on the effects of irradiation on food before the ban is lifted.