Runny eggs are now considered safe for pregnant women to eat,
according to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food
People vulnerable to infection have been warned to avoid raw and lightly cooked eggs that carry the red British Lion stamp since they were linked to salmonella poisoning in 1989. Fear over salmonella peaked in the late 1980s when two million chickens were slaughtered and pregnant women were told to avoid undercooked eggs.
Now it is proved that those eggs carry only a "very low" risk of salmonella poisoning. The report by the ACMSF said, "The 'very low' risk level means that eggs produced under the Lion code, or produced under demonstrably equivalent comprehensive schemes, can be served raw or lightly cooked to all groups in society, including those that are more vulnerable to infection, in both domestic and commercial settings, including care homes and hospitals."