‘Use British!’ Petition launched for supermarkets to only use UK eggs in pre-prepared food

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A new petition has been launched and has received over 6,000 signatures entitled, “Supermarkets should use British eggs for foods made in Britain and stop importing eggs”. The petition was created by “British Lion egg processors” and has claimed that UK supermarkets use “a significant number of imported eggs in pre-prepared foods, such as quiche or egg sandwiches, don’t meet the same food safety standards as British Lion eggs”. The creators of the petition state that “importing foreign eggs to produce foods like quiche in Britain for British supermarkets is morally wrong, and supermarkets should use British eggs produced on British farms for food that is being produced here”.

It added that: “With boxes of shell eggs on sale at supermarkets produced to British Lion quality standards, research shows consumers assume the eggs in the food they buy are also British but in many cases, they are imported.

“In recent years there have been a number of food safety issues associated with egg products produced in Europe and further afield.

“Using them also adds unnecessary food miles, and does not meet the guaranteed, high standards provided by the Code of Practice for the Production of Lion Quality Egg Products.

“British shoppers deserve to eat foods made with eggs that meet the highest food safety standards. They also deserve to be told where the eggs in the food they buy comes from so they are free to make informed purchasing decisions.”

Commenting on the petition, one wrote: “I agree 100%. Makes no sense to buy abroad.”

Another said: “I think we should be using our own British eggs supporting our own country is more important now than ever.”

Boris Johnson has urged the country to buy British, and in December 2020 he backed the Daily Express’ Brilliantly British campaign.

The successful campaign urged the nation to prioritise UK-made products in the lead up to Christmas.

Amid the crippling effects of the coronavirus lockdown, the Prime Minister championed the campaign and said it would help provide a boost to struggling British high streets and businesses.

The Prime Minister has praised the campaign of this newspaper, which in December 2020 implored the British public to “buy British”.

He said: “It’s fantastic that the Daily Express is encouraging us all to spread that festive cheer around UK producers, growers, manufacturers and retailers by buying Brilliantly British this December.”

By buying British produce Mr Johnson, you’ll “put a spring in the step of the farmer who grew your sprouts, the kitchen table entrepreneur who stitched your son or daughter’s babygrow, the factory worker whose job is secure thanks to your custom”.

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