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What is salmonella?

Since the introduction of the British Lion Scheme in 1998, salmonella has been effectively eradicated from British Lion eggs.

However, salmonella is not confined to eggs. It can be found in various other foods and in the environment and can multiply as a result of poor kitchen hygiene. To stay safe and prevent salmonella, it’s important to be aware of the facts.

What is salmonella?

Salmonella is a form of bacteria that is commonly found in the digestive systems of animals, and can be transferred to humans when they eat foods that are either undercooked, or contaminated with traces of animal waste.

Salmonella can be found in uncooked eggs or chicken, but can also be found in beef, vegetables and unpasteurized dairy products.  In humans the infection typically lasts for five to seven days, and symptoms of salmonella can start to become apparent anything between 12 and 72 hours after consuming the contaminated item.

Salmonella treatment

The NHS recommends that the individual remains properly hydrated and replaces lost bodily fluids by drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest. In most cases people recover quickly, but more vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly should consult with a medical professional as soon as possible for advice.

Further information

Egg Storage and Handling

Egg Safety

For more information on salmonella and how The Lion Scheme has enhanced egg safety across the UK please read our Success Story