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  • Delivering eggs of quality
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
British Lion egg processors have issued a warning to food manufacturers, retailers and caterers about the risks involved with using imported eggs and egg products, following the release of sales statistics showing a rise in imports in the first half of 2013.
Government data for January to May 2013 reveals an increase in imported egg products to 1.3m cases, the equivalent of 468m eggs, from 1.2m cases in the same period in 2012*.
 
Ian Jones, Chairman of British Lion egg processors, said: “Market disruption, caused by the conventional cage ban, drove some operators to look abroad for egg products in 2012 but availability of top quality British Lion egg products has now been restored so this is an alarming trend. It is even more surprising when, after the horse meat scandal, consumer interest in British and responsibly sourced ingredients is at an all-time high.
 
“With producers in Italy and Greece continuing to flout the EU Welfare of Laying Hens legislation and high profile issues with imported eggs and egg products, such as salmonella, dioxin contamination and allegations of free range fraud, occurring in recent years, it is imperative that food manufacturers, retailers and caterers understand the potential risks that may be involved when using eggs and egg products that do not have the guaranteed food safety and welfare standards of the British Lion mark.”
 
Jones continued, saying: “The risks involved with using imported eggs and egg products are numerous and very real and should not be taken lightly.
 
“In addition to the safety issues that have been well documented, confusion around the translation of certain terminology when importing eggs and egg products, particularly between free range and barn egg, can make the sourcing process problematic.
 
“It is also quite astonishing that producers in Italy and Greece are still producing eggs and egg products from hens housed in conventional cages. While eggs continue to be produced in this way, despite assurances that they will not be traded outside the country of production, an element of risk remains for those purchasing imported eggs and egg products.
 
“However, these risks are easily avoidable. Using British Lion eggs and egg products within food products and the Lion logo on packaging is an easy way to reassure consumers, guarantee responsible sourcing and highlight the quality of food products.”
 
British Lion eggs and egg products are produced to a stringent Code of Practice, helping to minimise the risk to operators and ensure that they are using top quality, British egg products. 
 
 * DEFRA UK Egg Statistics Notice, Q2, 2013

 
This information has come from the British Lion Egg Service.  For more information please contact the British Lion Egg 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..