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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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Giraffe Conservation Foundation named BVNA’s charity of the year

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 BVNA president Wendy Nevins has named The Giraffe Conservation Foundation as the association’s charity of the year for 2017/2018.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation dedicates its work to a sustainable future for wild giraffe populations. Wendy Nevins said: ‘I have chosen the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for the BVNA Charity of the Year because I have always thought Giraffes were magnificent animals.

‘I also think it is important that we look at the wider issue of conservation and education across all species.’  

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Scientists win award for openness in animal research

UK scientists have won an award for the 360ş Laboratory Animal Tours project, which offered the public an online, interactive tour of four research facilities that are usually restricted access.

The project won a public engagement award at the Understanding Animal Research (UAR) Openness Awards, which recognise UK research facilities for transparency on their use of animals in research, as well as innovation in communicating with the public.

The tour was created by the Pirbright Institute, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and MRC Harwell Institute.