Update on Avian Flu and classification of free range eggs/poultry
As part of preventing Avian Flu from spreading in the UK farmed bird population, the government has put in place legislation instructing all egg and poultry farmers in the UK to move all birds indoors on a temporary basis. This means that from 1 March, very few eggs produced in the UK will be classed as free range, and free range eggs will start to be relabelled as “Eggs laid by hens temporarily housed in barns for their welfare”.
We advise all customers who have free range eggs or poultry listed on their menu to notify their consumers of the temporary change to avoid any doubt. Operators can do this by putting up signage or a note on menu’s with a message similar to that which consumers will be seeing elsewhere in retail outlets, which is “Eggs laid by hens temporarily housed in barns for their welfare”.
For further information, customers can contact our Advice Centre on 0370 3663 00 (Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm) or their Bidvest Foodservice Account Manager.