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Runny eggs back on the menu for pregnant women

11 October, 2017

Runny eggs back on the menu for pregnant women

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced a change to its advice about eating eggs.

Now pregnant women, infants, children and elderly people can safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs that are produced under the British Lion scheme.

The decision to change the advice is a result of the findings from an expert group that was set up to look at egg safety. 

They found that the presence of salmonella in UK eggs has been dramatically reduced by the British Lion scheme, and the risks are now very low. 

More than 90% of UK eggs are produced under this food safety scheme, identifiable by the familiar Lion mark.

When eating raw or lightly cooked British Lion eggs, the FSA also recommends that ‘best before’ dates are observed and eggs are stored safely in a cool dry place, such as the fridge. 

It is also recommended to avoid cross-contamination, cleaning work surfaces, dishes and utensils, and making sure hands are washed thoroughly before and after handling eggs.

The revised advice does not apply to severely immunocompromised individuals, who require medically supervised diets prescribed by health professionals.

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