Most of us will have seen the Lion Quality Mark which appears on most of the eggs we
currently buy in the UK.
This mark is stamped onto eggs by producers who are signed up to the Lion Quality
Code of Practice. The code of practice requires that all laying hens must be vaccinated
against Salmonella Enteritidis and also places certain welfare, feeding, traceability and
freshness standards upon producers. The mark does not denote welfare so caged and
barn eggs can also carry the Lion.
To be able to use the Lion on their eggs, British farmers pay an annual subscription to
the British Egg Industry Council which was set up in 1986 to represent the UK egg
industry; these subscriptions fund the activities of the BEIC such as marketing and
representation at international industry events. There’s no doubt about it, the Lion
Quality Mark has proved to be a successful brand and has given consumers confidence
that they are buying British food that is safe.
However, subscription fees are hefty and many producers struggle to afford the scheme
even though their eggs may meet all the criteria set out by the Lion Quality Code of
Practice. And that’s why
Laid in Britain
was hatched.
Similar to the Lion scheme
Laid in Britain
provides a thorough programme of testing
and monitoring to ensure the health and welfare of laying flocks, like the Lion, putting
food safety at the top of the agenda. But unlike Lion produced eggs, those laying hens
who work under the
Laid in Britain
banner, are fed a specialist product, in fact what we
recommend to our own re-homers – Beryls probiotics. These probiotics not only
provide protection against the common form of Salmonella, but help protect against
lesser known Salmonella species promoting the best gut health … in layman’s terms
the good bacteria see off any bad bacteria, naturally. And they are rightly proud of their
claim that not a single
Laid in Britain
egg has ever tested positive for Salmonella.