Pubs warned to check eggs as Fipronil contamination scandal worsens

Gladys Abbott
August 12, 2017

Products will be withdrawn due to the chemical's unauthorized status, rather than a specific safety concern.

The agency added that the majority of these eggs will already have been consumed, but that sandwiches and salads with specific sell-by dates from Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, and Asda should not be eaten.

With the contaminated eggs starting to surface in countries across Europe, Dutch and Belgian officials are facing growing questions about how the scandal started and whether the public has been kept fully aware.

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

Yesterday it emerged that Dutch authorities knew as far back as November that some eggs in the country were contaminated with the insecticide - but failed to notify their European partners at the time, claimed Belgium's agriculture minister.

The U.K.'s food agency on Thursday admitted that more tainted eggs linked to a European food scare have been imported than previously estimated.

The Food Standard Agency (FSA) are continuing to withdraw egg-based products from British supermarkets after it was found that more than 700,000 eggs were implicated in the European Fipronil contamination scandal.

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Fipronil is classed by the World Health Organisation as a Class II moderately hazardous pesticide.

Twenty tonnes of the contaminated eggs have been sold, according to the Denmark's food safety authority.

Millions of eggs have been pulled off the shelves in Belgium and Germany, following news of the scare, and 180 farms have been temporarily closed. The crisis also crossed the border into Belgium and Germany, with millions of eggs removed from the shop shelves as well.

No fipronil-contaminated eggs have made it to consumers' plates in Italy, the Italian Health Ministry said last night.

It is illegal to use pesticides at a poultry farm.

"Based on the available evidence there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs".

The eggs, coming mainly from the Netherlands, have been found with fipronil, an insecticide used to kill lice and ticks on animals that is banned by the EU.

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