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MPs Denied Fresh Eggs on Food Safety Grounds; Ban Ridiculous, Says BEIC

19 August 2013

UK - Chefs at the House of Commons have been banned from cooking with fresh eggs for fear that they pose a health risk.

According to Caterer and Hotelkeeper, the ban means that MPs can’t be served omelette, scrambled egg or soufflé made using fresh eggs because the dishes do not reach a core temperature of 75°C.

Instead scrambled eggs will be served using liquid pasteurised egg.

The Daily Mail reported that Tory MP Nicholas Soames, grandson of wartime leader Winston Churchill, branded the decision "absurd".

A Commons spokeswoman told the paper: "Dishes such as scrambled eggs, mousses or omelettes which do not reach a core temperature of 75°C are now made using pasteurised liquid egg, rather than fresh eggs. This is in line with Food Standard Agency advice."

MPs’ eggs ban ‘ridiculous’, says BEIC

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) has called the decision of the House of Commons to ban the use of fresh eggs for dishes such as omelettes and scrambled eggs ‘ridiculous’.

"British eggs have never been safer," said BEIC Chairman Andrew Joret.

"The British Lion food safety scheme has been widely praised by Government and food safety experts for effectively eliminating salmonella from British eggs so this decision is bizarre.

"As the Food Standards Agency has clarified that the ban is unnecessary, we would hope that MPs will be able to enjoy fresh British eggs again in the near future."

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