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.
‘Salmonella infection in British Lion stamped eggs, is no more a threat, making it safe for pregnant women and those prone to infection, reports the Food Safety authority in UK’
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."