The retailer attacked 12 supermarkets, calling them the “dirty dozen”, in an attempt to pressurise them into committing to sourcing only British eggs.
Hannah Naseem, Asda egg buyer, said: “It’s a disgrace that the dirty dozen are prepared to turn their backs on British free-range eggs and opt for cheap imports. We’re calling on them to follow our lead and commit to only buying British free-range eggs instead of getting them from countries that don’t carry the Lion mark of quality.”
John Widdowson, vice-chairman of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association, said: “We want to see all retailers supporting British free-range egg producers. There needs to be a much closer relationship between farmers and retailers to ensure foreign free-range eggs are no longer imported to the UK. There is no reason why British farmers can’t supply all of the free-range eggs consumers want to buy – but they need supermarkets to invest here in the UK, not abroad.”