Dutch egg scandal: 17 nations affected

Dutch egg scandal: 17 nations affected

Around 700,000 imported eggs contaminated with a mildly toxic insecticide are now thought to have been used in processed products in the United Kingdom, with several retailers pulling affected stock from their shelves.

Sweden, Switzerland, Britain, France and Luxembourg have also now announced that they have found contaminated eggs.

In these two countries, more than 200 farms of laying hens have been contaminated after the disinfection of the premises with products containing fipronil, an insecticide whose use is, however, strictly prohibited in the poultry industry.

Eggs, coming mainly from the Netherlands, have been found to contain a fipronil, a substance used to kill lice and ticks on animals that is banned by the European Union for use in the food industry.

Foods containing eggs have been recalled by Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons.

Korea has banned the distribution and sale of imported products with processed eggs from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, which are convulsed by a contamination scandal. Those were sold mostly to cafes and caterers, it said. For animals destined for the food chain, it is forbidden because it may damage the human liver, thyroid and kidney.

In a statement, Qatar's Ministry of Public Health said egg imports in Qatar come from 10 different nations.

In Poland, Jan Bondar, a spokesman for the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, said that an estimated 40,000 potentially contaminated eggs have been imported but were not sold to consumers.

It is a "highly toxic" pesticide which could be harmful if ingested but you'd need to have eaten a very large quantity of contaminated eggs for that to happen.

The investigation "focused on the Dutch company that allegedly used Fipronil, a Belgian supplier as well as a Dutch company that colluded with the Belgian supplier", according to the prosecutor.

The problem, which is believed to have originated from Belgian and Dutch poultry farms, was first reported towards the end of July when Belgian health authorities finally admitted that test results on eggs in its poultry farms showed high levels of insecticide. Poultry farmers in the Netherlands have alleged that a substance that they bought from a Dutch-based farming company Chickfriend is what has caused introduced Fipronil into the eggs.

Dutch police have arrested two suspects after a scare over use of the insecticide fiproni, according to the Dutch prosecution service.

That includes six Arab nations, three European countries and one East Asian nation.

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