Facts and Figures
A lot has happened in the world of eggs in the last 50 years!
1953 Eggs come off rationing.
1957 The British Egg Marketing Board begins trading in June - its aim is to bring stability to the market and give consumers a regular supply of high quality eggs at reasonable prices.
1957 The British Lion mark is introduced and eggs are required to be stamped with their specific grade and packing station number.
1957 ‘Go to work on an egg’ advertising campaign is launched.
1960s UK egg consumption peaks at nearly 5 per person per week.
1960s Emergence of 'cholesterol hypothesis', linking diet to increased blood cholesterol levels and increased risk of heart disease. As a result, dietary cholesterol in foods like eggs was linked directly to an increased risk of heart disease (this is now recognised to have been a gross oversimplification).
1971 The British Egg Marketing Board is replaced by the Eggs Authority, a statutory body.
1973 The accession period commences for the UK’s entry into the EEC. Eggs became subject to the EEC Egg Marketing Regulations, governing quality standards, grade sizing, labelling and packaging.
1986 The Egg Authority is abolished & The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is set up, funded by the industry on a voluntary basis.
1988 In December Health Minister Edwina Currie begins a crisis in the egg industry when she announces that most UK egg production is affected by salmonella. Egg sales drop by 60% overnight.
1990s General acceptance that for most people the intake of saturated fat is a more significant risk factor for coronary heart disease than dietary cholesterol.
1998 The Lion mark is reintroduced to signify British eggs produced to higher standards of food safety including vaccination of hens against salmonella, a ‘best before’ date stamped on the egg shell and full traceability of hens, eggs and feed.
1998 Delia Smith’s ‘How to Cook’ programme features a recipe for boiling the perfect egg, sparking a huge increase in sales of eggs.
1999 ‘Eggs. Fast food. And good for you.’ advertising campaign launches.
2000s New evidence emerging of the additional nutritional benefits of eggs.
2001 The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food congratulates the egg industry on the salmonella vaccination programme, an integral part of the Lion scheme.
2003 The Atkins diet hits the headlines helping to boost egg sales.
2004 Food Standards Agency survey of 28,000 UK-produced eggs finds none contain salmonella.
2007 - New satiety research suggests that eating eggs for breakfast can help people lose weight
2007 - Egg consumption increasing again
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