BRITS scoffed a record-breaking eight billion eggs in the past year as the lockdown baking boom sent sales soaring.

Shoppers splurged nearly £1.2billion on the protein-packed favourite in 2020 — a leap of more than a quarter from £950million the year before.

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They bought 7.9 billion eggs in the 12 months ending in January, market research company Kantar said.

The total was up by a fifth from 6.6billion sold in 2019 and the highest on record.

Former Tory MP Edwina Currie — who quit as Margaret Thatcher’s health minister after claiming most British eggs were infected by salmonella — hailed the boom.

She said: “British eggs with the Lion stamp are probably the safest in the world.

“It is due to a lot of hard work by British farmers and scientists. So eat, cook, enjoy.”

Lockdown turned the UK into a nation of baking fanatics, experts said.

Michelle Coggin, an insight director at Kantar, added: “It was sweet baked treats that kept us going — such as biscuits, cakes and pastries.”

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