EU Calls a Meeting of Ministers Over Egg Contamination

EU Calls a Meeting of Ministers Over Egg Contamination

Dozens of producers in the two countries are being investigated for eggs containing Fipronil, which is potentially unsafe.

"We need to work together to draw the necessary lessons and move forward rather than lose the power to appoint guilty", said Friday the european commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis, to the AFP.

Paris has said that more than 200 000 eggs contaminated with fipronil have been placed on the French market "since April".

Two persons have been arrested in the Netherlands over the ongoing contaminated eggs scandal, the Dutch public prosecutor stated on Thursday.

Two non-EU countries, Switzerland and Hong Kong, have also received eggs originating from affected poultry farms in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France that have been treated with fipronil.

A DOZEN sandwiches and fillers containing eggs being sold in United Kingdom supermarkets have been recalled after fears they have been contaminated with a pesticide.

Supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany also withdrew millions of eggs from sale. Fipronil itself is not an illegal product, but it is prohibited from being used as a pesticide.

The Danish food administration have asked people to keep calm as they claim that eating the eggs bought by Danæg Products poses no risk in human consumption.

"We have now established that more eggs from affected farms than previously identified came to the United Kingdom", the Food Standards Agency said in a statement, raising its estimate to 700,000 from 21,000.




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

Fipronil can damage the kidney and liver if eaten in large quantities.

Items sold at Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons are some of the affected products, the Food Standards Agency said.

The number of eggs or egg products imported is very small.

British food safety authorities believe around 700,000 contaminated eggs have been imported into the country, and the Food Standards Agency has issued a list of products in which the eggs could be found.

Germany and France -where a few farms are directly affected by blockages- have sharply tancé Belgium and the netherlands.

"Our inspectors are monitoring poultry farms around the country", she added.

It has since emerged that Belgian officials knew about the contamination in June, but did not make the information public.

The arrests came after coordinated raids with Belgian authorities at eight locations across The Netherlands with the assistance of Europe's policing and judicial agencies Europol and Eurojust.

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