Monday, 11 December, 2017

700000 'contaminated' eggs sold to United Kingdom from Dutch farms

France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal Further egg contamination in Lux.
Lillian Steele | 11 August, 2017, 00:42

The eggs may be contaminated with the pesticide Fipronil.

The country's biggest supermarket chain, Albert Heijn, reportedly announced that it was removing 14 different types of eggs from its shelves.

According to the Agency, in the United Kingdom infected mainly semi-finished products and processed products, where eggs are only one of many ingredients.

The FSA said the decision to withdraw the egg products is not due to food safety concerns, but rather because Fipronil is not authorized for use in food-producing animals.

85% of the eggs we consume in the United Kingdom are laid here.

Some 180 farms - which produce millions of eggs a week - have been temporarily shut down while further tests are carried out.

A Food Standards Agency spokesman said today: 'Investigations into the Fipronil incident in Europe continue.

Though no illnesses have been reported, prosecutors said there is evidence that public health has been threatened by "the delivery or application of the biocide Fipronil in poultry houses in the egg sector". "Our advice is that there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs or products containing eggs".

In joint raids with Belgium, Dutch prosecutors said they had arrested "two managers at the company that allegedly used the substance at poultry farms", with Dutch media naming the suspects' company as Chickfriend.

Millions of eggs have been destroyed or taken off the shelves across Europe with growing questions about the extent to which consumers have been kept in the dark over the scale of the problem.

About 700,000 chicken eggs contaminated with the Fipronil pesticide entered circulation in Britain, the Food Standards Agency said Thursday. Shell eggs were unaffected, she said, because all those eggs were sourced from the UK.

Dutch police today arrested two company directors suspected of playing a significant role in a sprawling worldwide scandal involving fipronil contamination in eggs.

The likelihood of any related food illnesses from consuming contaminated products is very low. In large quantities, it is considered "moderately toxic" to humans by the world health Organization (WHO), presenting a danger to the kidneys, the liver and the thyroid.

The majority of the eggs have originated from the Netherlands, but also from Belgium and Germany.

"Samples analysed in the Netherlands show traces of fipronil in the eggs, but not as a health hazard", the agency said [in Danish].

"All of the food businesses concerned have been contacted and any remaining products removed from sale", the FSAI said.

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