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August 27, 2013
 

UK egg producers protest over fresh eggs ban
 

 

The chairman of the UK's National Farmers Union (NFU) poultry board has described a decision to ban fresh eggs in omelettes and scrambled eggs at the British Houses of Parliament, as 'absolutely ludicrous'.

 

Cheshire egg producer, Duncan Priestner, said that British eggs are among the safest in the world.


Under a National Control Programme (NCP) implemented in January 2009, it is a legal requirement that all UK farms with more than 350 laying hens test their flocks for salmonella. The most recent NCP results show that UK levels are extremely low, at 0.25%, for Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium.


Priestner said, "This is all very frustrating. Members of Parliament (MPs) have been very supportive of our 'Buy British' campaign and the more recent 'Back British Farming' campaign. There is also a groundswell of support from British consumers wishing to support British agriculture and parliament, in 'allowing' this action by their caterers, is bucking this trend."


"We will work with the committee responsible for catering in the House of Commons to reverse this decision - this work will be helped tremendously if members can raise the strength of feeling on this matter with their MPs at their earliest opportunity," added Priestner. "As the Food Standards Agency has clarified that the ban is unnecessary, we would hope that MPs will be able to enjoy fresh British eggs again in the near future."

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