A RECALL has been issued for organic eggs produced by the brand EKE and sold in several supermarkets in Belgium, after food safety authorities detected excess levels of dioxins.

This is the latest in a series of overseas egg contamination scares in the last few years, from fipronil, to dioxins and salmonella – and British Lion egg processors, which have not been involved in any of these problems, highlighted the case as yet more reason for food businesses to buy British. The British Egg Industry Council noted that the discovery of dioxins in whole eggs had left a question mark over whether any of the contaminated Belgian batch had also been used for processing.

BEIC chairman Andrew Joret said: “This incident is just the latest in a long line of food safety issues related to non-UK eggs. While there is no evidence that the contaminated egg has been exported, UK food businesses should protect themselves by putting their trust in British Lion eggs and egg products, which are produced to the highest standards of food safety. They can also reassure their customers by using the British Lion mark on pack.”