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Advice on Eggs for Mums, Babies and the Elderly

07 November 2014

UK - In the past there has been doubt surrounding egg consumption by pregnant women, babies and the elderly. It was recommended that these groups avoid eating eggs that were not fully cooked because of the small risk of salmonella.

Since the British Lion scheme was introduced in 1998, however, these risks have been effectively eliminated from Lion-marked eggs.

The Food Standards Agency has announced a review of the evidence relating to the safety of eggs in the UK early next year and the British Egg Industry Council says that the safety record of British Lion eggs means that vulnerable groups should now be allowed to consume them when runny

Eggs for Mums and Babies

Evidence is emerging that if women consume eggs when they are pregnant and give them to babies when weaning, their baby may be less likely to have allergic reactions to eggs in the future. Read more about the emerging evidence supporting this in the Journal of Health Visiting found here.

Eggs are one of the most nutritious food items available, and are a perfect part of a healthy diet, delivering essential vitamins, minerals and protein to help maintain good health and to support growth and development. Find out more about egg nutrition.

The Success of the Lion Scheme

All British Lion hens are vaccinated to ensure that that their eggs do not contain the salmonella bacteria, effectively eliminating the risks for anyone consuming Lion eggs. The scheme also stipulates the highest standards of hygiene and food safety.

All eggs bearing the Lion mark have been produced in the UK, and the scheme ensures that all steps of their production are fully traceable. For more information on the high standards of safety and hygiene of Lion eggs.

Find out more about eggs and allergy


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