Accreditation Schemes

The wide-ranging Lion Code of Practice covers the entire production chain and incorporates food safety controls above and beyond those outlined in current UK and EU legislation, including:

All Lion hens and eggs guaranteed British

Hens vaccinated against Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium

Registration and a unique 'passport' system, ensuring complete traceability of hens, eggs and feed

Increased hygiene controls and salmonella testing of all flocks in the integrated egg production chain, in excess of the National Control Programme, including turnaround swabbing of breeding, pullet rearing and laying flocks; and packing centre hygiene swabbing

Regular egg testing (not included in National Control Programme)

Stringent feed controls, including production of feed to Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) standards 

Lion Quality eggs stamped on farm with the farm code and production method.

Best-before date and Lion logo printed on the shell of Lion Quality eggs as well as on the egg box

Higher animal welfare requirements than required by law, matching the RSPCA’s Freedom Food standards, including additional ranging space for free range hens

Regular independent auditing, including unannounced audits, of all producers and packers in the Lion scheme, in accordance with the EN 45011 standard

The Lion Quality mark, which is a registered trademark, can only be used by subscribers to the British Egg Industry Council on eggs which have been produced in accordance with UK and EU law and the Lion Quality Code of Practice. 


Freedom Food was launched in 1994, when a pint of milk cost 36 pence and more than 85% of the UK’s hens were kept in battery cages.

Animals should be treated fairly and with respect, so BFREPA are constantly working to raise welfare standards above and beyond the standards that are required by many accreditation schemes.

The Freedom Food Scheme means:

Increased space allowances over legal requirements must be implemented such that exercise and exploration are encouraged.

  There must be a sufficient number of feeders and drinkers to avoid competition and bullying. These must always be kept free from contamination and be easily accessible.

  All caged systems are banned within the scheme.

  Facilities must be provided for perching, nest boxes for laying eggs and good quality litter for scratching and dust bathing.

  Birds must be inspected at least three times a day.

  Lighting levels are specified, whether natural or artificial, and must include a night period.

  All people handling the birds must be trained and competent to reduce stress and prevent injury.

  The minimum size for a pophole is stipulated to encourage birds to leave the house and go out onto the range.

  Shelter and protection from predators must be provided to reduce stress and panic.

The Laid in Britain Quality Assurance Scheme
The scheme encompasses a thorough testing and monitoring programme to maintain the health and welfare of the laying flocks and guarantee the best quality eggs to the end user.
Within the scheme, competitive exclusion has been chosen as an additional method of disease control because of its proven record against all Salmonellae, Coliforms, Pasteurella and other potential food safety hazards.
HACCP regulations are incorporated into the rearing, laying and packing areas of Laid In Britain approved egg production units which are independently audited, annually. A certificate of compliance will be issued, and, point of sale material made available. There is an additional swab testing of the environment, for Salmonella, every 15 weeks. Failure in either quality or safety/welfare will result in the member being removed from the scheme.
Members of The United Kingdom Egg Producers Association (UKEP) can take advantage of the Laid In Britain scheme. Mostly independent producer/packers, members operate mainly in their respective local areas supplying a varied selection of retail and catering outlets. Their proximity to the market means that any traceability trail is short.
Recorded data from accredited members confirm improved liveability and performance among their flocks, whilst the wide-ranging protection has built customer confidence in the safety, quality and value of Laid In Britain eggs.