Egg precautions

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Look for the British Lion mark to guarantee that the eggs have come from hens vaccinated against salmonella, make sure that there is a best before the date on the egg this is not a legal requirement but all British Lion eggs are date stamped.

Do make sure you use eggs by the best before date, store eggs in a cool dry place, ideally in the fridge and preferably in the egg tray. Store eggs away from strong-smelling foods, raw meat and ready to eat foods.

As with all foods wash your hands before and after handling eggs and never use eggs that have cracked or damaged shells. Dishes that contain eggs should be refrigerated and eaten as soon as possible after preparation.

It is always a good idea to consider using pasteurised egg for dishes which are uncooked or lightly cooked such as home-made mayonnaise, mousse and hollandaise sauce, in all cases do not re-use leftover egg dishes.

Eggs and Babies

Special care should be taken when preparing eggs for babies, food allergies are most common in babies and very young children and egg allergy is estimated to affect between 0.5-2.5% of children. 

Eggs can be introduced when weaning begins but in a small amount of well-cooked egg and if there is no reaction, larger amounts of eggs should be introduced.