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Lion egg safety
The British Lion scheme has effectively eradicated salmonella from UK eggs since its launch in 1998. The scheme covers the entire production process with food safety control above and beyond those outlined under current UK and EU legislation.
The British Lion mark has high awareness amongst consumers with 80% recognising the food quality mark. Over 90% of UK eggs are now produced under the Lion scheme.
In January 2016 the Government's Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food reported that 'There has been a major reduction in the microbiological risk from Salmonella in UK hen shell eggs......This is especially true for those eggs produced under the Lion Code.' The Food Standards Agency is currently planning to update its advice on egg safety, and is proposing to say that British Lion eggs are safe enough for even vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women, elderly people and babies to consume when raw or runny.
Several independent reports produced by health and food safety bodies have confirmed the high standards of the British Lion Scheme. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a report on UK egg production in 2007 which confirmed the status of the scheme as being among the safest in the world. In 2004, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Health Protection Agency (HPA) published a report which praised the British egg industry for the huge reduction of salmonella in eggs. Another report published by the Government's Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food in 2001 highlighted the effectiveness of poultry vaccination in reducing salmonella in humans by over half.
Read the full Lion Code of Practice Summary here.