UK – Update 2: FSA issues precautionary safety and handling advice for specific eggs

FSA

Precautionary advice to consumers who have purchased specific batches of British Lion eggs which may be contaminated with salmonella.

The FSA is issuing precautionary advice to consumers who have purchased specific batches of British Lion eggs which may be contaminated with salmonella.

This update includes the original products identified and additional products, which have all come from one farm.

The list of affected eggs has been updated to include a further batch and an amendment to a batch code. 

The eggs can be identified by the batch code and the best before date stamped on the eggshell.

The eggs affected are sold in stores listed below in England and Wales only, and are in batches 0UK15270, 1UK15270 and 3UK15270.

Product details for batch 3UK15270 

These are the products that have been added to the updated list on 10 November 2020 and are sold in England only.  

Aldi (certain stores) 

Product Pack size Best before dates
Merevale Large British Eggs 10 

From 07 November 2020 up to and including 01 December 2020 

Everyday Essentials Eggs 15

From 07 November 2020 up to and including 01 December 2020 

Product details for batch 0UK15270 

These are the products where the batch code has been amended.  

Sainsbury’s (certain stores)

ProductPack sizeBest before dates
SO Organic Large Eggs627 October 202028 October 202029 October 202030 October 202004 November 202005 November 202006 November 202007 November 202012 November 202017 November 2020
SO Organic Medium Eggs 627 October 202028 October 202029 October 202030 October 202031 October 202004 November 202005 November 202006 November 202007 November 202012 November 202013 November 202014 November 202015 November 202017 November 202018 November 202020 November 2020
SO Organic Mixed Size Eggs1227 October 202028 October 202029 October 202030 October 202031 October 202004 November 202005 November 202006 November 202007 November 202012 November 202013 November 202014 November 202015 November 202017 November 202020 November 2020

Product details for batch 1UK15270 

Sainsbury’s (certain stores)

ProductPack sizeBest before dates
by Sainsbury’s Medium Free Range Eggs27 October 202028 October 202030 October 202005 November 202008 November 202010 November 202012 November 202013 November 202014 November 202017 November 2020
by Sainsbury’s Large Free Range Eggs628 October 202030 October 202031 October 202001 November 202004 November 202005 November 202008 November 202009 November 202012 November 202014 November 202015 November 202018 November 2020
by Sainsbury’s Very Large Free Range Eggs627 October 202028 October 202030 October 202031 October 202001 November 202004 November 202005 November 202008 November 202009 November 202010 November 202012 November 202015 November 202017 November 202018 November 2020
by Sainsbury’s Medium Free Range Eggs1227 October 202001 November 2020 05 November 202008 November 202012 November 202013 November 202014 November 202018 November 2020
by Sainsbury’s Large Free Range Eggs1227 October 202028 October 202029 October 202030 October 2020 31 October 202001 November 2020 04 November 2020 05 November 202008 November 202009 November 202010 November 202012 November 202014 November 202015 November 202017 November 202018 November 2020
by Sainsbury’s Mixed Size Free Range Eggs1528 October 202030 October 202008 November 2020
by Sainsbury’s Basics Mixed Size Barn Eggs1501 November 202006 November 2020
J James Mixed Size Free Range Eggs 10 01 November 202005 November 202018 November 2020
by Sainsbury’s Mixed size Free Range Eggs612 November 202014 November 202017 November 2020
by Sainsbury’s Medium Free Range Eggs1510 November 202013 November 202018 November 2020

ViewCustomer safety advice about egg update – by Sainbury’s as PDF(Opens in a new window)(450.5 KB)

Aldi (certain stores) 

ProductPack sizeBest before dates
Merevale Medium Free Range Eggs604 November 202007 November 202020 November 2020
Merevale Large Free Range Eggs1228 October 202029 October 202001 November 202006 November 202007 November 202008 November 202011 November 202013 November 202020 November 2020
Merevale Medium Free Range Eggs1228 October 202008 November 202011 November 2020
Merevale Mixed Size Free Range Eggs1528 October 202029 October 202001 November 202006 November 202007 November 202011 November 202017 November 202020 November 2020
Merevale Large Free Range Eggs628 October 202029 October 202001 November 202006 November 202008 November 202017 November 202019 November 202020 November 2020
Merevale Very Large Free Range Eggs628 October 202029 October 202006 November 202007 November 202008 November 202011 November 202015 November 202019 November 202020 November 2020
Specially Selected Mixed Size Golden Yolk Free Range Eggs627 October 202028 October 202029 October 202030 October 202031 October 202001 November 202003 November 202004 November 202005 November 202007 November 202008 November 202009 November 202010 November 202011 November 202013 November 202015 November 202017 November 202018 November 202020 November 2020
Specially Selected Mixed Size British Blue Free Range Eggs627 October 202029 October 202031 October 202002 November 202003 November 202005 November 202007 November 202008 November 202010 November 202012 November 202013 November 2020

Asda (certain stores) 

ProductPack sizeBest before dates
Asda Large Free Range Eggs1228 October 202029 October 202030 October 202001 November 202007 November 202008 November 202013 November 202015 November 202019 November 202020 November 2020
Asda Medium Free Range Eggs1229 October 202001 November 202006 November 202008 November 202017 November 202019 November 2020
Asda Mixed Size Free Range Eggs1504 November 202006 November 202015 November 202019 November 2020
Asda Large Free Range Eggs628 October 202029 October 202006 November 202007 November 202013 November 202019 November 202020 November 2020
Asda Medium Free Range Eggs615 November 202019 November 2020
Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Mixed Size Free Range Eggs1501 November 202003 November 202005 November 202010 November 202014 November 2020
Extra Special Mixed Size Golden Yolk Free Range Eggs604 November 2020
Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Large Free Range Eggs1227 October 202003 November 202017 November 2020
Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Large Free Range Eggs627 October 202029 October 202001 November 202003 November 202011 November 202015 November 202018 November 2020
Extra Special Mixed Size British Blue Free Range Eggs627 October 202029 October 202031 October 202002 November 202004 November 202006 November 202007 November 202009 November 202011 November 2020

Costco (certain stores) 

ProductPack sizeBest before dates
Fairburn’s Large Free Range Eggs2408 November 202015 November 202020 November 2020
Fairburn’s Medium Free Range Eggs2420 November 2020
British Blue Mixed Size Free Range Eggs1527 October 202029 October 202031 October 202004 November 202005 November 202007 November 202010 November 202012 November 2020

Morrisons (certain stores) 

ProductPack sizeBest before dates
W.M. Morrison Chippindale Mixed Size Eggs1527 October 202001 November 202017 November 202019 November 2020
Fairburn Loose EggsSold loose31 October 2020

Risk to consumers

A very small number of the above eggs may be contaminated with salmonella, due to it being found in the environment. The eggshell surface might also be contaminated. 

Symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. 

Our advice to consumers

As a precaution, consumers are advised to thoroughly cook the eggs listed in the tables above, this means the egg yolks and whites should not be eaten runny. This will eliminate salmonella and avoid risk of illness.  

Consumers should always follow good hygiene and egg handling practices when handling eggs and associated packaging, including:  

  • storing eggs in the fridge until use 
  • using eggs by the best before date 
  • cleaning surfaces and kitchen equipment effectively after use, including the fridge  
  • washing hands thoroughly after handling of eggs, including packaging and eggshells

Anyone who is concerned about symptoms should contact their GP or out of hours service in the first instance. 

Consumers who wish to return the potentially affected eggs should contact the store from where they bought them for further information. 

Only the eggs listed above sold at the stores in the table are affected.  No other eggs sold by these retailers or eggs sold at other shops are affected. There is no need to change your shopping habits for eggs or your usual cooking habits for eggs not listed above.

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