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Bird Flu: What you need to know

  • The strain found in the UK and Europe is not the same as the outbreaks in Tennessee and China
  • Free range eggs will temporarily lose their free range status at the end of March
  • Risk to public health remains low says the Food Standards Agency
Bird Flu: What you need to know

What is bird flu?

Bird flu is a virus that spreads amongst birds.

There are many different strains of the bird flu virus, only some are infectious to humans.

Those which are, don't infect people easily and aren't usually transmitted from human to human.

Where infection does occur it’s primarily through direct contact with infected animals or contaminated environments and these infections do not result in efficient transmission of these viruses between people.[1]

Can I catch this strain of bird flu?

There have never been any recorded cases of this strain (H5N8) in humans.

The World Health Organisation stated that human infection cannot be excluded, but that its likelihood is low [2], Public Health England advises that the risk to public health remains very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.[3]

What if I eat the meat or an egg from an infected bird?

There is no evidence that the avian influenza viruses can infect humans through properly cooked food.[4]

Cooking your chicken, turkey or duck until the core temperature is 75°C or above
inactivates the virus.

So as long as you cook your food thoroughly, there’s nothing to worry about.

Please be aware that bird flu also affects wild birds, so take care cooking partridge, grouse and pheasant.

What about your boiled eggs?

Our boiled eggs are throughly cooked before being vacuum-packed in brine, so they are safe to consume as they straight from the pack.

And your liquid egg whites, can I still drink them raw?

If that's your thing - enjoy!

Both our British Lion Quality Assured Liquid Egg Whites and Dr. Zak’s Free Range Egg Whites are pasteurised, making them safe to consume raw.

Are they still free range?

You may have heard that the government has implemented a temporary housing order to limit the spread of avian flu.

Free range farmers are bringing their flocks indoors for their own saftey and welfare, however this does impact the free range claim.

Dr. Zak’s have confirmed that the below batches are from 100% free range eggs.


From the beginning of March, expect a little sticker to appear on the label showing that they are from hens temporarily housed in barns for their welfare.

Boiled Eggs
From cage free chickens - trust us when we say you will love our succulent and downright tasty Premium Chicken Breast Fillets!
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Liquid Egg Whites
Fresh, British Lion Quality assured Liquid Egg Whites, with full traceability back to the farms and at the BEST price online
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Boiled Eggs
These hard-boiled eggs are a fab way of maintaining your protein levels throughout the day when you’re in need of a quick fix…
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