Advice on raw eggs could hit food products

EU - Processors making products like mayonnaise, mousse and icing will be looking for a consumer reaction to the latest bird flu advice from the EU's food safety regulator, which yesterday called on consumers to avoid eating raw eggs.

EU poultry processors are already seeing big drops in consumer demand from the rising fear that the avian influenza virus will spread throughout the bloc. A panic is building as more and more EU members report incidents of the flu and authorities issue warnings.

The European Food Safety Authority yesterday said that Europeans should avoid eating raw eggs and cook chicken carefully as part of the precautions for ensuring that the virus does not infect humans.

The agency's experts said there was no evidence that the virus could be transmitted through food. However they warned the link could not be ruled out altogether.

When contacted, a spokesman for the European Egg Processors Association said he was unable to provide a comment on the statement at this time.

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