• Delivering eggs of quality
  • Delivering eggs of quality
  • Delivering eggs of quality

Monday 25th February 2013                                         
British Lion egg processors have warned food manufacturers not to be complacent when sourcing egg products as it is believed that at least 15 million hens are still in non-compliant barren battery cages more than a year after legislation banned them. 

And, according to British Lion egg processors’ estimates, more than 12.5 billion eggs, the equivalent of around 625,000 tonnes of egg products, have been produced from hens kept in non-compliant cages since the ban came into full force on 1 January 2012.

While eggs produced from non-compliant battery cages cannot be marketed outside the country in which they are produced, except when used as an ingredient in a finished food product, Ian Jones, Chairman of British Lion egg processors, warns that there is still the possibility that egg products, made with non-compliant eggs, are making it into the UK food chain.

“We have some concerns that the volume of non-compliant egg that is being produced across the EU has exceeded the requirement of egg processors based within those member states, begging the question – where has that leftover egg  gone?

“These figures are conservative estimates and in all likelihood production from non-compliant cages has actually been higher, but either way it’s just not acceptable and until it is stopped, there is a very real concern that egg products could be entering the UK supply chain.

 “The EU is continuing to take steps to clamp down on this practice for good but in the meantime anyone purchasing imported egg products is facing a possible risk that they could be sourced from hens kept in cages that are non-compliant. 

“All British Lion cage eggs come from hens that are kept in higher-welfare enriched colony cages, so if you specify British Lion eggs and egg products, you can be sure your products are legal.”


This information has come from the British Egg Information Service.
For more 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.