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Survey finds confusion around serving imported eggs to vulnerable groups

9th Jul 2024 - 05:00
Survey finds confusion around serving imported eggs to vulnerable groups
A new survey from The Staff Canteen has found that while British Lion eggs are widely served and their food safety credentials are well understood, there is confusion around serving imported eggs to vulnerable groups.

While 83% of respondents said they use British Lion eggs, and awareness of the world-leading food safety standards of British Lion eggs is strong (90%), there are still significant gaps in knowledge around imported eggs.

Gary Ford, chief executive at the British Egg Industry Council, said: “British Lion eggs are FSA approved so operators can confidently serve them to customers however they like, including runny to vulnerable groups. Imported eggs do not come with the same assurances.

"These knowledge gaps could seriously impact the safety and well-being of any vulnerable groups choosing to eat in these establishments, as well as the reputation of those businesses. We strongly urge the hospitality industry to ensure that they are meeting their due diligence requirements and serving British Lion eggs to vulnerable groups."

Over a third of respondents (37%) were unaware that imported eggs are not approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to be served runny to vulnerable groups.

British Lion eggs ambassador Sterling Crew added: "The safety record of British Lion eggs seems to have left people with the impression that all eggs are safe to serve to vulnerable groups. This is not true and is very concerning - chefs need to think carefully about what’s on the menu. My message is to check every egg, every time to make sure they have the Lion on.

“The British Lion Code of Practice is the most comprehensive food safety scheme I’m aware of and is not only a sensible precaution, but is also a great way to give your customers peace of mind by demonstrating that your business takes food safety and provenance seriously."

Written by
Edward Waddell