700000 eggs linked to Europe contamination scare reached Britain

Casey Dawson
August 11, 2017

"We have no evidence that eggs laid in the United Kingdom are contaminated or that Fipronil has been used inappropriately in the United Kingdom", it added.

"Some of the products made from these eggs will have had a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, however, we identified some that were still within the [expiration] date".

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves in Europe.

British egg processors have accused retailers of double standards when it comes to their procurement - stocking fresh egg from the United Kingdom but buying cheaper continental egg for products.

More than 20,000 eggs from contaminated farms have been sold and consumed in Britain.

Over half a million potentially contaminated eggs were distributed in the United Kingdom, it has been revealed.

A Food Standards Agency spokesman said today: 'Investigations into the Fipronil incident in Europe continue.

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

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Dutch and Belgian police investigators have arrested two suspects and conducted coordinated raids as part of a probe into the illegal use of a banned insecticide in the poultry industry.

Any eggs would likely have been further mixed with uncontaminated ones, the FSA added, minimising their toxicity.

"The Veterinary and Food Administration is following the issue closely, and can not exclude that further examination may uncover more imports of fipronil-tainted eggs or egg products to Denmark", it said. Last Friday, it said there was no evidence the United Kingdom was affected at all. The eggs were produced in the Netherlands, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) said.

The FSA said it had discovered up to 700,000 eggs had been imported to the United Kingdom from farms linked to use of the insecticide, Fipronil, which is banned in food-producing animals.

It said that it had warned both Sweden and Switzerland that it had exported eggs to them.

Romanian authorities said on Thursday that one tonne of liquid egg yolk contaminated with fipronil had been found in a warehouse in the west of the country. The world health organization classify it as a moderately toxic substances, although it is a large doses.

The majority of the eggs have originated from the Netherlands, but also from Belgium and Germany.

A spokesperson from Sainsbury's said: The safety of our products is our priority. Ben Dellaert, director of Ovoned, as well as chairman of the International Egg Commission, told FarmingUK: "It turns out that several farms in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium (and maybe other countries) have used a company for a treatment against red mite".

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