MPs denied fresh eggs on food safety grounds

19 August 2013 by
MPs denied fresh eggs on food safety grounds

Chefs at the House of Commons have been banned from cooking with fresh eggs for fear that they pose a health risk.

The ban means that MPs can't be served omelette, scrambled egg or soufflé made using fresh eggs because the dishes do not reach a core temperature of 75°C.

Instead scrambled eggs will be served using liquid pasteurised egg.

The Daily Mail reported that Tory MP Nicholas Soames, grandson of wartime leader Winston Churchill, branded the decision "absurd".

A Commons spokeswoman told the paper: "Dishes such as scrambled eggs, mousses or omelettes which do not reach a core temperature of 75°C are now made using pasteurised liquid egg, rather than fresh eggs. This is in line with Food Standard Agency advice."

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