Is it safe to eat runny, raw or soft boiled eggs during pregnancy?
Are you unsure if it’s safe to eat runny, raw or soft boiled eggs while you are pregnant? In the past, you may have been advised not to eat lightly cooked or raw eggs if you were pregnant due to the risk of salmonella. However, following an improvement in hygiene and safety, the UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food now says that pregnant women can eat lightly cooked or raw eggs as long as they are British Lion stamped.
The problem comes if you are eating out when you can’t guarantee that eggs will be Lion stamped, so it may still be best to avoid runny or soft boiled eggs if you haven’t bought them yourself.
Also, did you know that foods such as homemade mayonnaise, salad dressings and ice cream may all contain raw eggs? There is still a small risk if you eat raw eggs but they should be fine as the risk is only considered “very low”.
So, if you’re pregnant but still want to eat soft boiled or runny eggs at home, this is now considered safe by the UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, as long as the eggs are British Lion stamped. If you are still in doubt you can check their website here.