An FSA survey found levels of salmonella contamination in eggs are a third of what they were in 1996. Only one in every 290 boxes of six eggs in shops and markets has any trace of salmonella, compared with one in 100 in the 1995/6 survey.
All types of egg were tested in the survey and half of them were from caged production.
Dr Judith Hilton, head of the FSA’s microbiological safety division, said: “This is good news for the consumer. If you’re buying UK-produced eggs from shops and markets, the possibility of any salmonella contamination is very low. The UK egg industry is to be congratulated on the excellent progress made.”