The victims of a salmonella outbreak in the UK linked to German eggs will be awarded £275,000.
The British Egg Industry Council has welcomed news the victims of a salmonella outbreak in the UK linked to German eggs will be awarded £275,000 and said it hoped it would encourage more caterers to source British Lion eggs in future.
A total of 28 people fell ill with sickness and diarrhoea after eating at The Real China restaurant in Eastleigh, Hampshire, in July 2014. The outbreak originated from an egg producer in Germany.
Andrew Joret, British Egg Industry Council chairman, said: “Food safety scares linked to non-UK eggs is a recurring issue, and while it is good news that the victims of this outbreak have been awarded compensation, we hope it will encourage more caterers and consumers to look for the additional safety values of the Lion so it does not happen again.
“The independently audited British Lion scheme ensures the highest standards of food safety and has effectively eliminated Salmonella from British Lion eggs.
“In 2017 the Food Standards Agency confirmed that Lion eggs are the only ones that are safe to be consumed runny, or even raw, by everyone including vulnerable groups.”
More than 90 per cent of UK eggs are now produced to British Lion standards and more than 150 billion British Lion eggs have been produced since its launch in 1998.