The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been “asked” to update its runny eggs advice to vulnerable groups as soon as possible.
The request for a change comes from the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) following the granting of approval for the runny eggs change by the “full” Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF).
The measure had already been approved by a specialist sub-group of ACMSF, following a three-month consultation on the issue.
BEIC commented: “The report recommends that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) should now consider amending its long-standing advice – that vulnerable groups should avoid raw or lightly cooked eggs – for eggs produced under the British Lion scheme or a demonstrably-equivalent comprehensive scheme.”
Council chairman, Andrew Joret (pictured above) added: “We welcome the confirmation of the findings of this important report and urge the FSA to accept ACMSF’s risk assessment and recommendations, and to update its advice to vulnerable groups as soon as possible.”