Are eggs safe?

A new report shows that UK hens eggs are rarely contaminated with Salmonella. This is great news for those who love runny eggs, especially for pregnant ladies, young children and other vulnerable groups, for which a bout of Salmonella could be really unpleasant!
I’ve written about eggs before, see here for a full description about Salmonella in eggs and the risks for pregnant women.

The Food Standards Agency haven’t yet changed their advice, but they are considering it based on this report. 

It’s important to remember this only applies to UK (lion stamped) hens egg. Important if you’re having a fry-up in your local cafe or a chocolate mousse at your favourite restaurant. Caterers often import eggs, as they are cheaper! Currently only countries with a Salmonella control programme can import eggs into the EU, but some of these countries still have far higher rates in eggs than we do. And once we leave the EU, who knows what our egg-import rules will be! 

And it only applies to eggs from chickens. The duck egg industry is smaller and less regulated, and Salmonella rates appear to be higher in duck eggs. Other species of eggs may also pose a risk.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Food Standards Agency and NHS word the final advice to take all that in.

Would you eat runny eggs on pregnancy? I did at home, but not when I was eating out. What about your kids? Both mine had runny yolks at home from about 9 months or so (too messy before that!)

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7 thoughts on “Are eggs safe?

    1. Nope! My understanding on the US is that egg products (ie things made from eggs) are required to be pasteurised, but that eggs in shells don’t have to be. This is owing to one company holding the patent to pasteurise eggs on the shells. Not all eggs in the US are pasteurised as only those processed by this one company can be.

      As far as I’m aware there is no pasteurised eggs in shells available outside the US, where the company with the patent is based. We do have pasteurised liquid egg – though we’ve also had Salmonella outbreaks linked to it, so it’s not perfect, and it’s not required by law.

      The crazy world of business vs. Public health, huh?

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      1. Ah, got it. So interesting how things are in different countries. My husband is from Australia and when he moved here he couldn’t understand why all the eggs were kept in the refrigerated section and not on the regular shelves. So much business involved, you got that right!

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  1. Hey Motherbugs,

    Glad to read your wonderful post.

    According to dietitian and doctors, eggs are considered as weight gaining supplement. They are mainly recommended to pregnant ladies, growing children and vulnerable groups.

    Mostly chicken’s eggs are available globally than of duck’s eggs.I also like to take chicken’s eggs.

    Thanks for sharing your valuable post.

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  2. Hey Motherbugs,

    Glad to read your wonderful post.

    According to dietitian and doctors, eggs are considered as weight gaining supplement. They are mainly recommended to pregnant ladies, growing children and vulnerable groups.

    Mostly chicken’s eggs are available globally than of duck’s eggs.I also like to take chicken’s eggs.

    Thanks for sharing your valuable post.

    Amar kumar

    With best regards,

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