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Cracking news! The whole family can now enjoy runny eggs


          

New advice about eating eggs

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced a change to its advice about eating eggs – now infants, children, pregnant women and elderly people can safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs that are produced under the British Lion scheme.

The decision to change the advice is a result of the findings from an expert group that was set up to look at egg safety. They found that the presence of salmonella in UK eggs has been dramatically reduced by the British Lion scheme, and the risks are now very low. More than 90% of UK eggs are produced under this food safety scheme, identifiable by the familiar Lion mark.

Best practice:

When eating raw or lightly cooked British Lion eggs, the FSA also recommends that you

· store eggs safely in a cool dry place such as the fridge;

· follow good hygiene practices in the kitchen: avoiding cross-contamination, cleaning work surfaces, dishes and utensils, and making sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling eggs;

· observe ‘best before’ dates. The revised advice does not apply to severely immunocompromised individuals, who require medically supervised diets prescribed by health professionals, and is only for chicken eggs produced under the British Lion scheme.

It’s estimated that in 2016 we ate an average of 193 eggs1 per capita in the UK. Little wonder we’re deeply dippy about the good news! 1. https://www.egginfo.co.uk/egg-facts-and-figures/industry-information/data

       


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