Hong Kong, Switzerland, 15 European Union states hit by egg scandal

Hong Kong, Switzerland, 15 European Union states hit by egg scandal
Hong Kong, Switzerland, 15 European Union states hit by egg scandal

12 August, 2017

As more and more countries are destroying fipronil contaminated eggs from the Netherlands, Euro commissioner for food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis wants a meeting of European Union ministers and food safety watchdogs to discuss the problem, public broadcaster NOS reports.

About 700,000 eggs from the farms affected by the insecticide are thought to have been sent to the United Kingdom - far more than the 21,000 first estimated.

The EU's executive Commission said on Friday that contaminated eggs have been found at producers in four countries; Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Andriukaitis said he hoped to convene a meeting before the end of September of the ministers and representatives of various national food safety agencies.

All of them stock British Lion shell eggs but they use imported eggs in many of their other foods containing eggs.

But 11 products containing egg - including sandwiches and salads - have been withdrawn from United Kingdom supermarket shelves as a precaution.

Mr Travert said on RMC radio that some 244,000 eggs imported from the Netherlands and Belgium and sold in France were affected.

The Korea Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will analyze the products over the next three months and look for signs of contamination with the insecticide Fipronil. "These are being recalled", the agency said in a statement.

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Potentially contaminated eggs have cropped up in Luxembourg, Denmark and Romania, with the Veterinary Health Authority in Bucharest saying it discovered 1,000 kilograms of eggs before they reached supermarket shelves.

The FSA said investigations into the Fipronil incident in Europe suggested it was "very unlikely" that the eggs posed a risk to public health.

According to Reuters, Dutch prosecutors conducted raids at eight different locations in the Netherlands and Belgium - confiscating cars as well as seizing bank accounts and real estate in the process.

"It relates to two managers at the company that allegedly used the substance (fipronil) at poultry farms", spokeswoman Marieke van der Molen said, with Dutch media naming the suspects' company as Chickfriend.

The insecticide has the potential to damage the liver, thyroid glands and liver if ingested in large quantities.

In Belgium, 11 search warrants were carried out in the framework of the investigation, which now targets 26 individuals and companies that suspect.

The contaminated eggs have mainly come from the Netherlands, followed by Belgium and Germany.

It has since emerged Belgian officials knew about the contamination in June, but did not make the information public. "It is absolutely the case for this one", acknowledged Thursday the Dutch minister of Health Edith Schippers.

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