The NFU welcomes the report produced yesterday by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) which indicates a fall in the level of salmonella in eggs.

The report believes that that these improvements flow from the widespread vaccination of egg laying flocks against salmonella enteritidis combined with improved flock hygiene measures.

NFU Deputy President Tim Bennett said: “This is certainly a tremendous achievement by the British egg industry and one which I hope will be fully publicised.

“Not only are we beating salmonella but increased consumer confidence means that egg sales are now also rising.”

British egg producers have voluntarily invested millions of pounds in assurance schemes such as the Lion Code of Practice which the report states has more than halved the cases of salmonella in humans since the 1997 peak.

Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this document, the NFU cannot accept liability for errors and omissions.  This information should not be regarded as constituting legal advice, and should therefore not be relied upon as such.  NFU©