British Lion eggs welcomes FSA import warning
British Lion eggs has welcomed the FSA’s decision to issue an official warning around the food poisoning risk associated with Polish eggs, and called on food manufacturers, retailers, caterers and consumers to put their trust in the world-leading food safety standards of British Lion eggs.
The FSA has introduced the safeguarding measures to protect consumers following an ongoing series of outbreaks linked to Polish poultry products and eggs throughout 2023.
While British Lion eggs are approved by the FSA to be consumed runny by vulnerable groups, imported eggs, including Polish eggs, do not have the same guarantees, and should be treated with caution, including being cooked fully to minimise any food safety risk.
Gary Ford, BEIC Deputy Chief Executive, said: “British Lion eggs fully endorse the FSA’s decision to protect British consumers and food businesses from the serious risks posed by Polish eggs by introducing safeguarding measures.
“There have been ongoing food safety issues with non-UK eggs for years. Once you move away from the comprehensive food safety controls offered by the British Lion Code of Practice, businesses that choose to use imported eggs not only gamble with the health of their customers, they’re also putting their hard-earned reputations on the line.
“We strongly urge responsible businesses to source British Lion eggs, which are clearly marked with the little red Lion on the packaging and the shell, to ensure that they are selling and serving safe eggs.”
Sterling Crew, President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, adds: “As a food safety professional, I would always advocate food businesses and consumers to prioritise the food safety guarantees offered by British Lion eggs, which are produced to the most comprehensive standards in the world. The risks associated with Polish eggs are very real and could have serious consequences, particularly for vulnerable groups.”