Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Hong Kong enhances checks on eggs from Europe

Hong Kong Switzerland 15 EU states hit by egg scandal Hong Kong Switzerland 15 EU states hit by egg scandal
Sammy Stanley | 13 August, 2017, 01:04

Fifteen EU countries as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong are said to have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, according to the European Commission. Experts say the insecticide can damage people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if eaten in large quantities.

The EU countries which received the contaminated eggs included UK, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark.

The European Commission announced on Friday that tainted eggs were sent to Switzerland and Hong Kong as well as 15 member countries.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Britain said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public health.

We don't know if they were placed in the market [for sale or production], or if the eggs were contaminated.

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A spokeswoman in Brussels said the situation was "evolving by the day", as criminal investigators continued to hold two men arrested on Thursday for fraud following a series of raids in Belgium and the Netherlands.

That would indicate the two samples tested by the local food safety watchdog were a new batch of affected eggs from the Netherlands. Goods sold in Hong Kong are also understood to have been affected.

The Agriculture Ministry says the French farm reported on July 28, as the scandal was coming to light, that Dega 16 had been used on the farm by a Belgian subcontractor, and the ministry claims no eggs concerned have been sold. Eggs, coming mainly from the Netherlands, have been found to contain the substance which is used to kill lice and ticks on animals, and banned by the European Union for use in the food industry.

Its competitor, Wellcome, went further and claimed its customers could obtain a refund on the purchase of eggs from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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