The NFU has welcomed updated advice from the FSA that says people of all ages – including infants, pregnant women and the elderly – can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs.
The NFU will be actively promoting this news on its public-facing channels such as Countryside Online and its Facebook channel to promote awareness among consumers. This assurance to the public, the NFU says, is crucial for long-term public confidence in the safety of British eggs.
The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) has worked with the FSA behind the scenes to revisit the science that was made public in 1988.
NFU poultry board chairman Duncan Priestner said: “This is great news for the industry and has been many years in the making. Producers’ commitment to controlling salmonella and compliance with the National Control Programme for Salmonella has paid off.
“We give great credit to the BEIC for their persistence and working with the health and food safety authorities and to the standards in the Lion Scheme. All people of all ages can now enjoy eating eggs however they choose to cook them.”