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Monday 25th February 2013
Food safety and the British Lion mark 

 ·         The British Lion mark on egg boxes and shells means that the eggs have been produced to stringent standards of food safety. The standards are set by the British Egg Industry Council under the Lion Code of Practice which is independently audited to the EN45011 standard.

·         British Lion eggs and egg products come from hens which have been vaccinated against salmonella.

·         British Lion eggs carry a ‘best before’ date on their shells and their egg box which shows that they are fresher than required by law.

·         A registration and ‘passport’ system ensures complete traceability of British Lion eggs, hens and feed.

·         The British Lion Code of Practice includes stringent feed controls, including production of feed to Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) standards.

·         Lion egg products are produced with additional processing safeguards and Lion egg processors are independently audited.

·         Since the introduction of the British Lion Code of Practice in 1998, human salmonella cases have fallen to their lowest levels for more than 20 years.

·         A recent research paper, entitled ‘The “decline and fall” of non-typhoidal Salmonella in the United Kingdom’, attributed the ‘remarkable decline’ in salmonella to food safety schemes led by the British Lion scheme.  It also showed that around 50% of egg-related food poisoning outbreaks are in the foodservice sector and highlighted that the high levels of Salmonella in imported eggs have been a major cause of these outbreaks.

·         In its most recent survey of UK eggs on retail sale (2004), the FSA tested more than 28,000 UK eggs and no salmonella was found in any of them.

·         In 2006 a survey published by the European Food Safety Authority found that UK farms with laying flocks had the lowest levels of salmonella among Europe’s large egg producing countries. 

·         The high standards in the UK were confirmed as a result of further EU monitoring undertaken for 2011, which showed that 99.8% of UK flocks were free of salmonella of public health significance – the best result amongst the EU’s major egg producing countries.


This information has come from the British Egg Information Service.
For further information please contact the British Egg Information Service on 020 7052 8899 or Noble Foods Egg Products Division, e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..