A Big Day for British Lion Eggs
11th October 2017
Runny eggs are back on the menu as from today thanks to updated health advice from the Food Standards Agency which takes into account the latest research findings.
This is the first time since the 1980s that vulnerable groups including infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly have been able to safely enjoy dippy eggs and lightly cooked or raw dishes such as poached eggs and homemade mayonnaise. They had previously been warned against eating raw or lightly cooked eggs because of concerns that eggs may contain salmonella bacteria.
Today, the FSA has changed its advice and declared that runny eggs produced under the British Lion Scheme – which applies to all Chippindale Foods eggs – can safely be enjoyed by people of all ages, including pregnant women.
Eggs produced under the British Lion Scheme incorporate a wide range of quality and safety initiatives, from vaccination of hens through to improving hygiene on farms and better transportation. These measures have helped to dramatically reduce the level of salmonella in UK hens.
Thanks to the hard work of the egg industry and farmers throughout the UK, the quality of the eggs on our supermarket shelves is at its highest level for decades.
Consumers should always look for the British Lion mark as the new advice only applies to British Lion eggs. Good food hygiene in the kitchen should always be practiced when preparing and eating raw and lightly cooked eggs. This includes avoiding cross contamination, cleaning work surfaces, dishes and utensils and making sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling eggs.
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