Fipronil: EU Egg Scandal Affected More Eggs In Britain Than Previously Thought

Marsha Scott
August 11, 2017

The eggs concerned were gathered on 11 July and bore the best before date of 27 July, from producers 2NL4382501 in the Netherlands.

Several Irish food businesses have been forced to remove products from their shelves after it emerged that Dutch eggs and egg products implicated in a contamination scare have been distributed in Ireland.

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.

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

In the Netherlands, a total of 147 poultry companies remain closed due to the production of eggs containing the pesticide fipronil, stated the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.

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.

Dutch and Belgian prosecutors earlier this month opened a fraud investigation into how fipronil, which can harm human health, got into the food chain.

The Dutch authorities said the raids also also focused on a Belgian supplier of fipronil, named in the media as Poultry-Vision, and another Dutch company that colluded with it, which was not identified.

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But the Food Standards Agency said the risk to the public was low as numerous eggs involved were mixed with other eggs to make sandwich fillings, so will be highly diluted.

Denmark is believed to be the 10th country affected by the widening scandal, with Romania and Luxembourg among the latest to report finding contaminated products.

Eggs in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium have been destroyed, withdrawn or blocked and well over 100 Dutch egg farms are still shut down whilst investigations continue.

The contaminated eggs have mainly come from the Netherlands, followed by Belgium and Germany.

The raids in the Netherlands were carried out as part of a joint action with Belgian authorities.

It is thought that fipronil was added to an allowable treatment for red mites.

The FSA admitted that "some of the products made from these eggs will have had a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, " but withdrew a list of over a dozen products - sandwiches and salads - from leading retailers Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda. Jumbo, the second biggest Dutch supermarket group has also removed some types of eggs from its stores.

The problem is believed to stem from a substance used by Dutch company Chickfriend which farmers in the Netherlands and Belgium say they hired to treat their chickens.

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