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Eggs contaminated with 'potentially harmful' pesticide being sold in UK

08 August, 2017, 00:21 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Aldi stores in Germany stop selling eggs amid Dutch food safety scare

Contamination with the toxic chemical has prompted supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to remove millions of eggs from their shelves, including the discount supermarket giant Aldi which announced Friday it was pulling all Dutch eggs from stores in Germany.

The FSA says approximately 21,000 eggs were distributed to the United Kingdom from implicated farms in the Netherlands between March and June of this year.

Eggs contaminated with a toxic chemical which has resulted in the recall of millions of eggs in mainland Europe have been distributed in the United Kingdom, the Food Standards Agency has admitted.

The Food Standards Agency said: "The number of eggs involved represents about 0.0001% of the eggs imported into the United Kingdom each year".

The Commission said Monday that under its European Union rapid alert system it had been determined that eggs under suspicion of contamination had also been distributed to France and Britain via Germany.

Aldi and Lidl stores in Germany have already taken millions of eggs off shelves amid fears they are tainted with traces of the pesticide Fipronil.

Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said the aim was "to share the information so that everybody knows that it's now also up to the Swedish, Swiss, French and to the United Kingdom national authorities to check".

Photo Farm workers discarded eggs in Onstwedde, the Netherlands, last week after concern about insecticide contamination.

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Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, a European Commission spokeswoman, said, "We do not know if the eggs are contaminated or not, but because of these notifications, it's now up to the national authorities to check".

The FSA says it is urgently investigating and indications so far are that the eggs are no longer on sale.

The authorities suspect the substance, fipronil, was introduced to poultry farms by a Dutch business named Chickfriend that was brought in to treat red lice, a nasty parasite in chickens.

The UK's Food Standards Agency say the risk to the public is very low.

Fipronil is an insecticide used in veterinary products for getting rid of fleas, ticks and lice on animals.

Germany will protest to Brussels today after Belgian food safety authorities failed to warn neighbouring countries that eggs had been contaminated with a potentially poisonous insecticide.

If ingested in large amounts, fipronil can cause damage to the liver, thyroid glands, and kidneys.

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