Eggs containing fipronil found in 15 EU countries and Hong Kong


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Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland enjoy received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the European Commission influences.

The commission will hold a meeting with ministers and regulators on 26 September.

Its bread safety chief has called countries to stop «blaming and shaming» each other.

A row has erupted past how long Belgian and Dutch authorities have known about the contamination.

Eggs, fly to piece mainly from the Netherlands, have been found to contain a fipronil, a stuff used to kill lice and ticks on animals that is banned by the EU for use in the sustenance industry.

It is thought it was used to combat lice in some chicken farmsteads, affecting the eggs of laying hens.

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The insecticide can damage people’s kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if supped in large quantities. However, food standards agencies are playing down the chances for anyone who has already eaten the tainted eggs.

Which countries are gripped?

Farms were shut down in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France after powers that bes confirmed that fipronil had been used, European Commission spokesman Daniel Rosario influenced on Friday.

The EU countries that have received the eggs are the UK, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark. Non-EU Switzerland is also simulated.

Friday’s revelation that tainted eggs had also been sent to Hong Kong notabilities the first time the widening scandal has spread outside Europe.

What is being done give it?

The UK food watchdog also said about 700,000 eggs had been sent to the UK from potentially adulterate Dutch farms, up from an earlier estimate of 21,000.

The Food Standards Activity (FSA) said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public haleness.

Processed foods containing eggs, including sandwiches and salads, include been recalled by leading supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda.

Supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany drink also withdrawn millions of eggs from sale.

On Friday, France’s Agriculture Look after Stéphane Travert said about 250,000 affected eggs had been flog betrayed in the country since April, adding that all products containing eggs from stained farms would be taken off the shelves.

In Hong Kong, the government’s Focal point for Food Safety says it identified two samples of imported Dutch eggs holding excessive levels of fipronil last week and asked shops to expunge the products.

It has since tested other European egg imports and has not found any multitudinous «unsatisfactory samples», the South China Morning Post newspaper referenced a spokeswoman as saying.

What will the EU meeting do?

«Blaming and shaming wishes bring us nowhere and I want to stop this,» European Commissioner for Healthiness and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Friday.

«But first apparatus first. Our common job and our priority now is to manage the situation, gather information, core on the analysis and lessons to be learned in a view to improve our system and prevent knave activity.»

A commission spokesperson later added that the event arranged for 26 September was not a crisis meeting. It is unclear whether the meeting intention involve all 28 EU member states, or only affected countries.

What’s taking place with the criminal investigation?

On Thursday, Dutch police arrested two woman in joint raids carried out with Belgian authorities.

A criminal research is under way, centring on two firms. Poultry Vision, a pest control rigid from Belgium, is alleged to have sold the treatment to a Dutch poultry farmhouse cleaning company, Chickfriend.

More than 100 poultry acreages have been closed during the investigation, and 26 suspects tagged and evidence seized from their companies.

Why have countries been debating?

The Netherlands is Europe’s biggest egg producer — and one of the largest exporters of eggs and egg offshoots in the world.

The problem first surfaced earlier in August, when supermarket secure Aldi withdrew all its eggs from sale in Germany.

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

Meanwhile, Belgian Agriculture Padre Denis Ducarme has accused the Dutch authorities of knowing about the difficulty as far back as November 2016. The food watchdog in the Netherlands has denied this.

I’m in the UK — should I bring to a stop eating eggs?

By James Gallagher, health and science reporter, BBC News broadcast

Fipronil should not be allowed anywhere near food.

But the risk from eggs is consideration to be low, because the number of contaminated eggs is also low.

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

It is why the Food Timbers Agency says it is «very unlikely» there is any health risk.

Divers of the affected eggs will have already passed through the bread chain before anyone was aware of the scandal.

And the FSA has now pulled egg sandwiches and egg salads off the asides that were made while contaminated eggs were in any case being imported.

It insisted there is «no need» for people to stop put eggs.

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