Consumers being misled over imported egg ingredients in retail: Petition calls for change
British Lion egg processors have launched a petition calling on retailers to stop misleading their customers over labelling, ditch imported eggs and commit to using British eggs for own label foods that are produced in Britain.
Research shows that while consumers put their trust in British supermarkets to sell safe products and be transparent with their sourcing, they are continuing to use a significant number of imported eggs in pre-prepared foods, such as quiche, egg sandwiches and salads, that do not meet the same safety standards as British Lion eggs.
With boxes of shell eggs on sale in the major retailers clearly produced to British Lion standards, consumers expect the egg ingredients will be too, but they are being misled as there is little or no information on pack to tell them otherwise*.
In recent years there have been a number of food safety issues associated with egg products produced in Europe and further afield. Using them also adds unnecessary food miles, and does not guarantee the high standards set out in the Code of Practice for the Production of Lion Quality Egg Products.
A survey of 3,000 British shoppers on their attitudes towards the use of eggs and egg ingredients by major retailers showed overwhelming support for the increased use of British egg ingredients and clear labelling:
• 2/3 of shoppers asked were disappointed to discover that the egg in certain food they buy is not British
• More than 60% of shoppers are worried about the quality and safety of eggs produced in other countries
• Almost half of shoppers would change what or where they buy their food if they discovered British eggs were not being used
• Shoppers want to see the British Lion mark on foods that contain eggs, with more than 3/4 saying they would have more confidence about the quality of foods, like salads or scotch eggs, if they knew where the egg had come from
• 75% said they would be more likely to purchase a product if the packaging featured the British Lion
British Lion egg processors are now giving consumers the opportunity to show they are not willing to accept lower standards by signing a petition calling on retailers to ditch imported eggs and label foods made with egg more clearly (http://chng.it/PYYCpGSpRP)
Andrew Joret, British Egg Industry Council Chairman, said: “British shoppers deserve to eat foods made with egg that meets the highest food safety standards. They also have the right to be told where the eggs in the food they buy come from, so they are free to make informed purchasing decisions.
“For retailers, it’s a win-win, the Lion food safety standards offer unparalleled peace of mind, and they are making customers happy.
“The petition is a perfect opportunity for consumers to stand up to the major retailers and show that they are not willing to accept lower standards when it comes to the use of egg in prepared foods - we strongly urge them, as well as all of our colleagues in the British farming industry, to sign and share it. Together we can show our support for British farming and stop British supermarkets using imported eggs in British produced food.”