Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Safety committee recommends raw or runny eggs for pregnant women to eat

Raw or runny eggs are safe for pregnant women to eat, a safety committee has recommended.

There is 'very low' risk of salmonella from UK eggs produced under the Lion code, a report from the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, has said.

(What kinds of eggs do we eat in Nigeria? Some people say it's organic. Will do a report on that soon).

The committee has called on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to officially amend its advice on the consumption of eggs for those 'vulnerable' to infection.

The FSA is launching an eight-week consultation into the matter and will review whether it will change its advice for pregnant woman or not.

However, so far, the advice on eating lightly cooked eggs has not changed.

The agency said there had been a 'major reduction in the microbiological risk from salmonella in UK hen shell eggs' since a report it produced in 2001.

This is especially the case for eggs produced under the Lion Code quality assurance scheme, it added.