Revealed: How the egg in your sandwich could be 26 days old
If you fancy an egg sandwich, tuna Niçoise salad or trendy protein pot for lunch, you may be about to change your mind.
For it can be revealed that eggs and egg products sold by some of the UK's biggest supermarkets, food outlets and pub chains may have been boiled or scrambled nearly a month prior to being sold.
Brusco, a major UK wholesale food supplier, told the Daily Telegraph it supplies shops and restaurants with pre-cooked eggs which are designed to last up to 26 days.
Pre-prepared eggs are a way for shops and restaurants to reduce their costs, as they can avoid paying a chef to precisely batch-boil high volumes of eggs in the traditional way, the company said.
The eggs are sourced from specially selected farms in France and are pasteurised to remove harmful bacteria.
They are also heated up and served in biodegradable packaging, meaning handling of the product is minimised and the packaging can be instantly recycled.
They are then served as part of a restaurant meal or processed to become the egg filling in sandwiches, salads and other egg-related shop-bought meals.
Egg sandwiches are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every day as they are the third most popular lunchtime sandwich choice, according to the British Sandwich Association.
The top choice of sarnie is chicken, followed by cheese, its data shows.
Andrew Ashby, managing director at Brusco, told trade magazine The Morning Advertiser that the product will offer the trade the option of serving a popular dish quickly and consistently without wasting time on fiddly preparation.
He said: " Our eggs are of the highest quality and provide guaranteed results every time, putting a family favourite back on the menu with a process that is both time-efficient and cost-effective. "