As a man who eats copious amounts of eggs a week I am shocked and disturbed to hear that the recent salmonella outbreak that has effected 156 people across England could be linked to eggs that have been imported from mainland Europe. The cases of salmonella were originally presumed to be separate due to their geographical spread, however they are now thought to be linked! The people infected had a very similar strain of salmonella, salmonella enteritidis PT14b which had been isolated in France and Austria too. This strain of the disease had not been seen in UK eggs, The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) chairman Andrew Joret explains how the British Lion (the red lion stamp on UK eggs) code of practice has effectively eliminated salmonella from British eggs. This said, some wholesalers were still buying in eggs from outside the UK which may well be at the root of this recent outbreak. So in short, keep an eye out for the red lion!
The Grocer, (2014). Could Salmonella outbreak be linked to imported eggs? Retrieved 26th August, 2014, from http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/buying-and-supplying/food-safety/could-salmonella-outbreak-be-linked-to-imported-eggs/370676.article