Ministry of Climate Change and Environment urges retailers to clear affected eggs from shelves
The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued a circular to ensure that the country's markets are free of salmonella contaminated eggs originating from a farm in the US state of North Carolina.
Entities responsible for implementing the circular about Rose Acre Farms include the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the municipalities of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah, state news agency WAM reported.
The decision follows a warning issued by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention regarding illnesses traced back to the Rose Acre egg production farm in Hyde County.
Rose Acre Farms recalled over 200 million eggs from nine US states, in addition to nine countries, including the UAE.
The ministry urged UAE consumers not to eat any US-made eggs from the farm that are subject to the recall, and encouraged them to return them or get rid of them.
"The UAE places the highest priority on food safety and relies on stringent control systems with regard to imported food in order to protect consumer health," the ministry added.