Free Range Eggs

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Keeping our free range hens in good health matters to us and on official advice our hens were having to temporarily live indoors.

These restrictions have now been lifted and all our boxes of eggs and affected poultry are now back to being free range.

Where eggs are used as ingredients these will return to free range as soon as possible. 

  • What is Avian Flu?

    Avian flu (H5N8 strain of the disease), which is sometimes called bird flu refers to flu caused by viruses that infect birds and make them ill. It is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. The infection can cause different symptoms in birds, ranging from mild illness, which may pass unnoticed, to fatality.

  • Can humans catch it?

    It is extremely rare for a human to catch Avian flu and where this has occurred it is as a result of direct contact with infected animals or contaminated environments. One human cannot pass it to another. There is no evidence that the avian influenza viruses can infect humans through properly cooked food.

  • When will this restriction be lifted?

    The restrictions that have been stated by the government are location specific, so we are unable to confirm when these will be lifted as we have a number of different producers, with farms across the country.

  • What about products that state they include Free Range Eggs?

    Where a product states it includes Free Range Eggs as an ingredient, this will not be the case while the restriction is in place.

If you require further information about the Avian Flu outbreak please contact:

DEFRA Helpline:

Tel: 03459 335577

Email: defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk

 

Food Standards Agency:

Tel: 020 7276 8829

Email: helpline@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk