Department of Agriculture says no eggs contaminated following European Union scare

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 12, 2017

In late July, Dutch authorities shut down several poultry farms after finding high levels of Fipronil in batches of eggs.The boiled and peeled eggs were mainly distributed to cafeterias, cafes and catering firms.

According to the Daily Telegraph, fresh eggs are largely unaffected, "with contaminated eggs instead present in processed foods in which they are one ingredient among many others, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other chilled foods".

While some 85% of the eggs consumed in the United Kingdom are laid here and there is no evidence to suggest UK-produced eggs are contaminated with Fipronil, businesses are being urged to check the source of their eggs.

A spokeswoman for the Health Ministry confirmed to the Times of Malta that despite Europe-wide concerns that eggs from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have been found in 15 countries, none have made their way here. We have now established that more eggs from affected farms than previously identified came to the UK.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers the insecticide to be "moderately hazardous" and says it can have risky effects on the liver, kidneys and thyroid glands.

Testing of eggs on farms is under way across the United Kingdom and results to date for England and Wales show no exposure to Fipronil.

Fipronil is a popular insecticide to treat pets for fleas and ticks but it is forbidden for use in the food chain. Subsequent testing of eggs found them tainted with the banned insecticide, and around 180 Dutch farms have been locked down for testing.

Danish authorities said 20 tons of contaminated eggs had been sold in Denmark, but cautioned that the eggs posed no risk to humans.

(Vatican Radio) The European Commission says that at least fifteen EU countries, as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland, have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil.

Millions of eggs have been recalled in eight countries across Europe in the past week.

"Shell eggs on sale to consumers are not affected and the FSA says that there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs", it said.

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