The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising businesses to use pasteurised eggs instead of ordinary eggs in any product that will not be cooked, or will be only lightly cooked, before eating.

The Public Health Laboratory Service said eggs from Spain may be to blame for Britain’s biggest salmonella outbreak in three years.

The outbreaks are centred around two bakeries in London and Cheshire.

The FSA is raising the matter in Europe as a matter of urgency.

The Times 26/10/02 page 6

The Daily Telegraph 26/10/02 page 10