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!)