Bakers have been warned to make sure they are sourcing eggs from verifiable sources following the conviction of an American egg supplier.

Quality Egg has been convicted following a nationwide outbreak of salmonella in the USA and British Lion Eggs is urging retailers, caterers and food manufacturers to ensure they source eggs and egg products that have been produced to the highest food safety standards following the conviction.

Andrew Joret, chairman of the British Egg Industry Council, said: “This landmark case is an important reminder of the risks that businesses could potentially face if they choose eggs and egg products that are not produced to the highest food safety standards.”

Quality Egg was fined $6.8 million and the owners were fined $100,000 each.

British Lion eggs and egg products are produced to a stringent Code of Practice, which minimises the risk to operators.