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Vulnerable groups 'safe to eat raw eggs'
Vulnerable groups can now safely eat UK eggs without needing to hardboil them.
Study shows major reduction in presence of salmonella

Children, pregnant women and the elderly can now eat raw or lightly cooked eggs under new advice published by the Food Standards Agency.

The FSA said that it had revised its advice based on the latest scientific evidence. It means that those who are vulnerable to infection can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs - providing they are produced under the British Lion Code of Practice.

A report published last year by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiology Safety of Food showed the presence of salmonella in UK eggs had fallen substantially in recent years. This meant that the risks are very low for eggs which have been produced with the British Lion quality mark. More than 90 per cent of UK eggs are produced under this scheme.

FSA chairman Heather Hancock said: “It's good news that now even vulnerable groups can safely eat UK eggs without needing to hardboil them, so long as they bear the British Lion mark. The FSA has thoroughly reviewed the scientific evidence about the safety of these eggs, and we're confident that we can now change our advice to consumers.

“The major reduction in the risk of salmonella in Lion eggs is testament to the work carried out by egg producers. The measures they've taken, from vaccination of hens through to improving hygiene on farms and better transportation, have dramatically reduced salmonella levels in UK hens.

Several interventions have been put in place across the food chain as part of the Lion scheme, including vaccinating hens, enhanced testing for salmonella and improved farm hygiene.

The FSA adds that the revised advice does not apply to severely immunocompromised individuals, who require medically supervised diets prescribed by health professionals.

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Campaign highlights ‘devastating impact’ of smoking around pets

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 Leading vet charity PDSA has launched a campaign highlighting the ‘devastating impact’ that smoking can have on pets. The launch coincides with National No Smoking Day (14 March 2018) and aims to raise awareness of the risks of passive smoking and how to keep pets safe.

“Recent studies highlight that this is a really serious issue, and we want pet owners to know that they can make a real difference by simply choosing to smoke outdoors away from their pets,” said PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan. “We want pet owners to realise that, if they smoke, their pets smoke too.”  

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AWF named charity of the year

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) has been chosen as charity of the year by the Veterinary Marketing Association (VMA). AWF is a vet-led charity, supported by the BVA, which aims to improve animal welfare though research funding, supporting veterinary education, providing pet care advice and encouraging debate on welfare issues.

VMA has pledged a range of support, including raising awareness and funds at their awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 16 March, as well as offering marketing support through VMA marketing workshops.