The Food Standards Agency recently changed their advice on the safety of runny eggs for vulnerable groups such as infants, pregnant women and the elderly. They have confirmed that these groups can now enjoy runny and raw eggs safely, provided the eggs have the Red Lion stamp on them. This change in advice is due to the strict standards that must be kept to in order to produce a British Lion egg, effectively eliminating Salmonella.

This is great news for people in these groups who had been advised against eating partially cooked eggs, and will now be able to enjoy meals which include raw or lightly cooked eggs such as fresh mayonnaise.

Olive Dining use British Lion eggs exclusively in every school, so you can be confident that your children are eating the highest quality produce in their school lunches.

Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, said: “It’s good news that now even vulnerable groups can safely eat UK eggs without needing to hard-boil them, so long as they bear the British Lion mark. The FSA has thoroughly reviewed the scientific evidence about the safety of these eggs, and we’re confident that we can now change our advice to consumers.

“The major reduction in the risk of salmonella in Lion eggs is testament to the work carried out by egg producers. The measures they’ve taken, from vaccination of hens through to improving hygiene on farms and better transportation, have dramatically reduced salmonella levels in UK hens.”

The revised advice does not apply to severely immunocompromised individuals, who require medically supervised diets rescribed by health professionals, and is only for eggs produced under the British Lion Code of Practice. Those unsure whether runny eggs are safe for them should consult their doctor for advice.

Please visit the British Egg Information Service or the Food Standards Agency website for more information.