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Outcome of the egg prosecution case taken by Welsh Government.

First published:
31 October 2023
Last updated:

Upholding egg marketing standards safeguards public health and protects the public against falsely described products. It also protects good businesses which uphold the standards required of them.

In September 2023 a successful conviction was brought against an egg producer for non-compliance with salmonella testing legislation for laying hens. 

Contravention of these requirements is a criminal offence under Regulation 16 and Schedule 3 of the Eggs and Chicks (Wales) Regulations 2010.

The business was fined £1,000, ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge. They were also ordered to pay £2,121 in respect of prosecution costs.

The prosecution followed an inspection of the egg business which found they had failed to test their flock for salmonella within the prescribed time periods and placed onto the market eggs as Class A table eggs for human consumption. Those eggs were of unknown health status and should not have been sold in that way.

Ensuring businesses who provide food for people in Wales follow the law is paramount for the Welsh Government.