Dutch egg scandal hatches in Denmark

Traceability on the eggs from the Netherlands contaminated with fipronil is continuing, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

The scandal also spread eastwards on Thursday as a tonne of contaminated egg yolk was found in Romania, and 21 boxes of the tainted eggs were discovered in Slovakia.

Fipronil is a chemical commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from animals but is banned by the European Union from use in the food industry.

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

The scare started in the Netherlands and Belgium and it is thought that disinfectant used in products on chicken farms is at fault.

It can cause damage to the liver, thyroid glands and kidneys, if consumed in large quantities, though this has only been tested on rats.

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.

Egg-containing products including salads, quiches and sandwiches have been recalled from Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda and Morrison's.


Two people have been arrested in connection with the latest food scandal to hit Europe, Dutch prosecutors said.

Dutch authorities arrested two men Thursday on suspicion of involvement in the illegal use of the pesticide Fipronil in poultry farms.

While 700,000 eggs sounds like a lot, it is worth remembering we eat 34 million every single day in the UK.

This comes after it emerged Belgian authorities took around a month to notify European authorities about the discovery of eggs contaminated with an insecticide, the EU's executive arm has said.

Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, said: "I'm confident that acting quickly is the right thing to do".

Aldi and Lidl stores in Germany are among the supermarkets to remove eggs from their shelves, in a move Aldi described as "purely precautionary".

"The Veterinary and Food Administration is following the issue closely, and can not exclude that further examination may uncover more imports of fipronil-tainted egg products to Denmark", it said.

The UK produces 85% of the eggs it consumes but imports nearly two billion annually, the FSA said.


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