For the first time in 30 years pregnant women and the elderly have been given the green light to eat raw or runny eggs.
The new advice was issued by the government food safety watchdog in the UK, after almost 30 years. The Food Safety Standards Agency have now given elderly people and pregnant women to eat any eggs raw or runny, sold under the British Lions Logo. This marks this first time in 30 years, since a salmonella crisis began in the UK.
The 1980’s saw people warned to eat their eggs hard boiled and cook them thoroughly, to eliminate the risk of picking up salmonella. A recent year-long assessment was carried out by an Advisory Committee. They studied eggs and determined that they are now officially safe to enjoy raw or runny.
The news has been welcomed by the British Egg industry council, who called the news a great success. They say people can now look forward to enjoying the health benefits again of eating runny or raw eggs.
Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, said: “The FSA has thoroughly reviewed the scientific evidence about the safety of these eggs, and we're confident that we can now change our advice to consumers….The major reduction in the risk of salmonella in Lion eggs is testament to the work carried out by egg producers. The measures they've taken, from vaccination of hens through to improving hygiene on farms and better transportation, have dramatically reduced salmonella levels in UK hens.”, said Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency.