Have you ever wondered what the little red numbers and characters on your Nith Valley Eggs actually mean? (and why they are there)
Well, it all stems from a remark in 1988 by the then Junior Health Minister, Edwina Currie who put the country into an overnight frenzy when she claimed that salmonella was present in the majority of eggs.
The British Egg Industry Council called her remarks “factually incorrect and highly irresponsible” , saying that the risk of an egg being infected with salmonella was less than 200 million to one.
Edwina Currie actually ended up resigning a few weeks later and admitted that it had been a slip of the tongue but the damage had been done.
The remark led to a dramatic fall in sales and the egg farming industry was hit really hard.
There were various attempts to reassure the public over the next few years and even Edwina Currie offered to help.
In 1998 the British Lion Egg scheme was founded and has become Britain’s most successful food safety scheme.
Understanding the Lion mark not only gives the purchaser reassurance that the eggs have been produced under the stringent requirements of the British Lion Code of Practice but further explains how the eggs are farmed.
Here at Nith Valley Eggs, we take public safety very seriously, as well as the welfare of our hens. Hens have disproved the myth that they are stupid and research has suggested that they are indeed highly intelligent birds, hence their psychological welfare is as important as physical welfare in order to maintain the best of produce.
Look at the Lion mark on our eggs, this show our eggs are free range
Under EU regulations, to qualify as free range, the maximum stocking density is 2,500 hens per hectare. At Nith Valley we have a 30 acre site (12.1 hectares) with 13,000 hens. We therefore have close to three times as much space as required by EU regulation, testament to our desire to ensure the health and happiness of our free range hens.
It is our strong belief that free range egg farming is the only ethical form of egg farming in The United Kingdom. That’s why we will NEVER compromise on our values!
Every British Lion egg gets a unique number, which acts as a passport and means every egg, hen, and bag of feed is completely traceable, every step of the way.
Of course, what happens to our eggs once they have been purchased is also important so here are a few recommendations for their storage in order to keep them as fresh, tasty and nutritious as possible.
For optimum freshness and food safety, eggs should be eaten within their use-by date and kept at a constant temperature below 20°C.
To avoid the typical temperature fluctuations in a domestic kitchen, the Lion egg scheme recommends that eggs are stored in their box in the fridge.
Most modern supermarkets are kept below 20°C so it is not necessary for retailers to refrigerate their eggs. Not refrigerating eggs in store also prevents significant temperature fluctuations (for example eggs being moved from a fridge to a hot car after purchase.