Should caterers re-evaluate their egg sourcing?

Should caterers re-evaluate their egg sourcing?

With revised claims that as many as 700,000 contaminated eggs could be found in the UK, British Lion egg processors are calling on caterers, retailers and food manufacturers to reconsider their egg sourcing.

Eggs from Dutch farms, contaminated with Fipronil – which is unauthorised for food use – have reached the UK, leading a number of retailers to withdraw products of foods containing eggs such as mayonnaise from their shelves as a safety precaution following warnings from the Food Standards Agency. But British Lion Egg has criticised them for stocking British Lion shell eggs but using imported eggs in their other products.

“This is just the latest of a number of food safety issues connected to eggs produced outside of the UK in recent years,” said Ian Jones, chairman of British Lion Egg Processors. “Consumers clearly want retailers and food manufacturers to use good quality British ingredients that are produced to high standards of food safety, but in some prepared foods this is not the case.

“As we approach Brexit, shoppers are growing increasingly concerned about the ingredients used in manufactured food and now more than ever want and deserve transparency on food packaging. The egg industry believes that this is a great opportunity for retailers to listen to the concerns of their customers and reassure them by specifying the use of British eggs and using the ‘Made with British Lion eggs’ logo on packs.”

Consumers are increasingly seeking the origin of eggs to be shown on packs. Research commissioned by British Lion Egg Processors showed that 70% of consumers expect prepared foods containing eggs to clearly show the country of origin on the pack, while 85% said they would feel reassured if they saw the ‘Made with British Lion eggs’ logo on prepared egg products’ packaging.