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12 August, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal

The FSA said it had no evidence that eggs laid in the United Kingdom are contaminated or that Fipronil has been used inappropriately here.

The others are Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Denmark and non-EU member Switzerland.

It is believed the toxic substance was introduced to poultry farms by a Dutch business named Chickfriend, and was initially brought in to treat red lice, a nasty parasite in chickens.

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

The FSA said as this represents 0.007% of the eggs we consume in the United Kingdom every year, there is unlikely to be 'any risk to public health from consuming these foods'.

The eggs were mostly sold to cafes and caterers, Danish authorities said, stressing that the level of the insecticide in the eggs was too low to pose a health risk to humans.

The agency added that the majority of these eggs will already have been consumed, but that sandwiches and salads with specific sell-by dates from Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, and Asda should not be eaten.

Britain's food safety watchdog says far more eggs from affected farms have been imported than previously thought.

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Two directors of the company at the centre of the scandal were arrested on Thursday by Dutch authorities.

Dutch investigators on Thursday arrested two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of the pesticide Fipronil at the poultry farms that sparked the scandal.

According to the Agency, in the United Kingdom infected mainly semi-finished products and processed products, where eggs are only one of many ingredients.

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.

Prosecutors said in a statement they had conducted raids at eight locations in the Netherlands and Belgium, confiscating cars and seizing bank accounts and real estate.

According to Germany's Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) millions of eggs containing the insecticide fipronil made their way to German markets.

Testing of British eggs has found no evidence of fipronil.

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