11 January 2000
Comeback for lion egg mark

By FWi staff

THE red lion quality-control mark may be about to return to the nations eggs after an absence of 30 years, in a boost for consumers and farmers.

Agriculture Minister Nick Brown is said to be ready to announce the return of the red lion following a nationwide control programme against salmonella.

This was designed to make British eggs among the safest in the world.

Along with date-stamping, the quality mark aims to reassure the public and help British producers recapture markets lost to cheaper foreign competitors.

Until recently, producers and packers said it was too expensive to quality-mark eggs, but new technology has overcome this.

The lion will share the eggshell with use-by dates.