700000 insecticide-tainted eggs imported to UK: Government

11 Августа, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Belgium Agriculture Minister Denis Ducharme

While some European countries' eggs containing Fipronil residues have been sold as fresh eggs, this is not the case in the UK.

But the Food Standards Agency said the risk to the public was low as numerous eggs involved were mixed with other eggs to make sandwich fillings, so will be highly diluted.

Supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have withdrawn millions of eggs from sale.

The eggs came from farms in the Netherlands and were used as one ingredient in processed foods, such as sandwich fillings.

In its announcement, the FSA said: "The decision to withdraw these products is not due to food safety concerns, but is based on the fact that Fipronil is not authorised for use in food producing animals".

A DOZEN sandwiches and fillers containing eggs being sold in United Kingdom supermarkets have been recalled after fears they have been contaminated with a pesticide.

The number of egg or egg products imported is very small.

Dutch investigators have detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of a pesticide at poultry farms that sparked a massive food safety scare in several countries. In total, the European Union has sold several million potentially risky eggs.

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The Agency put out its statement following an investigation into the problem, establishing that many more eggs than it previously believed had come into the United Kingdom from the affected farms.

The administration had earlier this week said Denmark was unaffected by the tainted egg scandal spreading across Europe.

Tests also found fipronil in eggs sold in Luxembourg supermarket chain Cactus, which had originally come from the Netherlands, while two Luxembourg suppliers of prepared meals, Caterman and Carnesa, said they had received cartons of liquid eggs from a contaminated source in Belgium.

The likelihood of any related food illnesses from consuming contaminated products is very low. About 180 poultry farms in the Netherlands have been temporarily shut while investigations are held.

While only considered mildly toxic in small amounts, one farm in the Netherlands was found to have eggs with acutely harmful levels.

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

The imported eggs were not whole, shell eggs, but cooked chopped eggs used in sandwiches and salads.

The French government says a Belgian company - which it did not identify - mixed fipronil with another, lawful, substance. It can harm people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.

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