Runny eggs are back on the menu and I couldn’t be happier about it
As a lifelong fan of dippy eggs with soldiers, it was fantastic to hear that the Government has now issued new advice confirming that runny eggs are safe for everyone to eat, as long as you make sure you look for the British Lion mark on the egg.
Replacing the previous warning that vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and young children should only eat eggs when fully cooked, the guidance follows a year-long risk assessment by the Food Standards Agency – the absolute authority on what we should and should not eat.
To mark this amazing milestone for the UK food industry, we’ve teamed up with British Lion to celebrate all things eggs and will be going deeply dippy for soft boiled eggs, rejoicing in runny Eggs Benedict and lightly cooking our scrambled eggs with confidence.
As well as being a delicious comfort food staple, eggs are incredibly nutritious, packed full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, folate, vitamin D and lots more good stuff.
They are also an ideal weaning food for babies, with emerging evidence to suggest that introducing eggs when weaning may reduce the risk of egg allergy later in childhood.
While my egg recipes are all very simple and quick, the work done by the British egg industry to ensure that we are all safe to enjoy our eggs runny – or even raw – has been anything but.
The British Lion Code of Practice was launched in 1998 and has since then introduced extensive food safety measures which have made British eggs the safest in the world, with more than 90% of eggs laid here produced within the British Lion’s Code of Practice. An incredible achievement.