700000 eggs linked to Europe contamination scare reached Britain

Friday, 11 Aug, 2017

In the United Kingdom, the Food Standards Agency now says about 700,000 eggs have been imported from potentially contaminated Dutch farms, up from an early estimate of 21,000. In large quantities, it is considered "moderately toxic" to humans by the world health Organization (WHO), presenting a danger to the kidneys, the liver and the thyroid.

The food regulator claimed on Monday that only 21,000 had been imported from implicated farms.

Retail giants are removing some egg-based products for sale because of fears that the eggs may have been contaminated with fipronil.

It emerged today that this was a false assurance and that potentially contaminated products were still being...

'Very small number'The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issues a statement this week saying that "a very small number" of eggs from the affected farms had reached the UK.

A spokesperson said investigations indicated it was "very unlikely" that the eggs posed a risk to public health.

Fipronil is not deemed to be a risk to food safety, but is not authorised for use in food producing animals. Some eggs were sent back, while others were used in minced meat and luncheon meat.

At the time there was no evidence that there were any acute food safety risks involved.

"Fipronil is an insecticide that is found in veterinary products used for pet animals", running, ticks and mites.

The administration had earlier this week said Denmark was unaffected by the tainted egg scandal spreading across Europe.

Local authorities arrested two men in relation to the fipronil use Thursday, according to the Dutch public prosecutor.

"Many of the eggs involved were mixed with other eggs which have not come from affected farms, so fipronil residues will be highly diluted", said the agency, referring to the insecticide which was first found in Dutch eggs.

"It relates to two managers at the company that allegedly used the substance (fipronil) at poultry farms", the Dutch public prosecution service spokeswoman, Marieke van der Molen, said.

Authorities are now investigating how the insecticide illegally came into contact with poultry.

A major product recall in now underway in the United Kingdom off the back of the British Food Standards Agency's announcement about the levels of contamination there.

Farmers in the Netherlands - one of Europe's biggest egg exporters - and Belgium have previously identified Chickfriend as the company that they hired to treat their chickens to eradicate the parasite red lice.

As a result, four major British supermarket chains have withdrawn some products containing eggs, including sandwiches and salads, the Food Standards Agency said.