15 nations report contaminated eggs in growing scandal

15 nations report contaminated eggs in growing scandal

15 nations report contaminated eggs in growing scandal

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) leads the investigation on the contaminated eggs, while the public prosecutor leads the criminal investigation, which started in mid-July this year already.

Eggs contaminated with insecticide fipronil have been found across 15 European Union countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland, sparking a row over how long Belgian and Dutch authorities have known about the contamination.

The Food Standards Agency has warned about 700,000 eggs contaminated with the insecticide have been sent to the United Kingdom from potentially contaminated Dutch farms.

The commission will hold a meeting with ministers and regulators on 26 September.

The contaminated eggs are a priori limited risks to the health of the consumer, since the doses of fipronil potentially ingested remain largely below the amounts considered harmful.

It is believed that Fipronil got into the food chain when it was illegally added to a product used to treat poultry for lice and ticks.

But it did say that all egg imports undergo "periodic analysis and inspection" at ministry food laboratories, and now meet all approved standards.

Reports of possibly tainted eggs linked to the pesticide scandal in the Netherlands and Belgium are cropping up in several countries.

According to the FSA, the products affected are processed foods in which egg is one ingredient among many others, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other chilled foods.

In response, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda have withdrawn a total of 11 products - including sandwiches, sandwich fillers and salads - from sale.

The scandal has caused major political fallout, with neighbours Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany squabbling over who is to blame, and who knew what and when.

Most eggs imported into the United Kingdom are used by caterers, or are processed for food manufacturers and other businesses for use in products with eggs as an ingredient.

The agency said on Thursday the Danish distributor, Danaeg Products, has been ordered to recall the eggs because "the content is illegal", but "not dangerous".

"In the judicial aspect of the scandal, two officers of the company who has probably applied the product in the poultry farms" were arrested Thursday in the netherlands.

This comes after it emerged Belgian authorities took around a month to notify European authorities about the discovery of eggs contaminated with an insecticide, the EU's executive arm has said.

If consumed in large quantities by humans it can damage the kidneys, liver, and thyroid glands.

BFREPA said British Lion Code eggs have been tested by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and have proven to be perfectly safe. Scores of farms in the Netherlands and Belgium have been shut.

So far though no one has been reported as falling sick due to eating contaminated eggs. "The minister told lawmakers that Dutch authorities had been aware of the contamination since last November and failed to alert others".

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