Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Restaurants urged to check their eggs as Fipronil scandal worsens

Restaurants urged to check their eggs as Fipronil scandal worsens

"The Veterinary and Food Administration is following the issue closely, and can not exclude that further examination may uncover more imports of fipronil-tainted egg products to Denmark", it said.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) previously believed 21,000 eggs were implicated in the Fipronil contamination scare but they announced today the figure was much higher.

The Food Standards Agency said products affected in the United Kingdom were mainly processed foods in which egg is one ingredient among many others, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other chilled foods.

Belgian and Dutch authorities conducted raids at a number of poultry farms Thursday, but authorities did not provide details about which companies were targeted.

A spokesperson for the British Egg Industry Council said: "British egg producers have reiterated the need for consumers and food producers to look for British Lion eggs and egg products".

A total of 17 countries, including Hong Kong, have been affected by a widening scandal in Europe involving eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil. In large quantities fipronil can cause liver, kidney and thyroid gland damage.

Supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have withdrawn millions of eggs from sale.

Chris Elliot, director of the Institute for Global Food Security, questioned why food regulators had been "so slow" to react to the contaminated egg scandal.

France's Agriculture Minister Stéphane Travert said about 250,000 affected eggs had been sold in the country since April, adding that all products containing eggs from contaminated farms would be taken off the shelves. It is a common ingredient in veterinary products for getting rid of fleas, lice and ticks in animals.

A Belgian company is being put under investigation for creating and supplying an illegal mite-killer containing Fipronil.

However, the Irish Food Safety Authority (FSAI) said the risk to Irish people was "very low" and Ireland imports a "very small" amount of eggs.

It insisted the withdrawal was "not due to food safety concerns" but based on the fact that fipronil was not authorised for use in food producing animals.

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