Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Industrial eggs were contaminated by criminals: German agriculture minister

Hens' eggs are all stamped with information on their origin Hens' eggs are all stamped with information on their origin
Preston Stone | 08 August, 2017, 17:06

The Food Standards Agency says it is investigating how eggs that may have been contaminated with a toxic insecticide ended up on United Kingdom supermarket shelves.

Ducarme added that products from 57 Belgian egg producers - around a quarter of the country's - had been blocked as a preventative measure.

The move does not mean that eggs contaminated with Fipronil have actually entered those countries, she said.

The decision to scrap food product boards in 2014 has also made the sector vulnerable, Schuttelaar said.

Last week, supermarkets in Germany and the Netherlands removed millions of eggs from their shelves, after fears they were contaminated with fipronil.

The lots were sent to establishments in the Vienne and ME et Loire regions, southwest of Paris, the ministry said.

The contamination originated after fipronil was used inappropriately in cleaning products on chicken farms, the FSA said.

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Retailers in several European countries have pulled millions of eggs from supermarket shelves as the scare over the use of insecticide fipronil widened.

Belgium's food safety regulator was criticized over the weekend after it admitted to learning about a case of fipronil contamination in early June.

Supermarkets in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland have pulled millions of eggs from the shelves after fipronil, a substance potentially risky to humans, was found in them.

In a new twist in Europe´s tainted egg scandal on Tuesday Dutch authorities announced they had started testing chicken meat coming from affected poultry farms to determine whether it, too, was contaminated.

Germany has demanded an explanation from Belgium about why the issue was kept covered up. It is considered slightly poisonous by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is hence forbidden on animals destined for the food chain to prevent damage to the human liver, thyroid and kidney.

Belgium and Dutch authorities have since vowed to offer full transparency on their national investigations.

Authorities now have leads to Belgium and the Netherlands, although it remains unclear where the illegal insecticide was added to otherwise permissible livestock care products.

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