FOODIE UPDATE (Is it safe to eat raw eggs?)

The Food Standards Agency has published updated advice on how safe it is to eat raw eggs.

Health experts claim it is now safe for pregnant women, children and infants to eat raw eggs, or foods containing them.

This updated advice, which is based on scientific evidence, will please many women who have previously been told they couldn’t enjoy dishes including eggs benedict and cookie dough desserts.

Past belief was eating raw or lightly cooked eggs risked causing serious illness.

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.”

Pregnant women, infants and the elderly can now safely eat runny eggs carrying the British Lion mark following new advice from the food safety watchdog almost 30 years after the salmonella crisis
Pregnant women, infants and the elderly can now safely eat runny eggs carrying the British Lion mark following new advice from the food safety watchdog almost 30 years after the salmonella crisis (Image: PA)
The decision to change the advise followed findings by a food safety group which found the presence of salmonella in UK eggs has dramatically reduced in recent years.

The new findings are based on UK Hen eggs produced under the British Lion Code of Practice.

Advice to shoppers on the Foods Standards Agency includes storing eggs correctly, and checking best before dates.

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