Tainted egg products recalled from United Kingdom supermarkets

Tainted egg products recalled from United Kingdom supermarkets

But Van Lint, inspector-general of the Dutch food and consumer product safety watchdog, was adamant: "The reproach that we knew in November 2016 about Fipronil in eggs is wrong", he said.

Luxembourg said eggs sold in branches of the discount supermarket Aldi had been withdrawn, with one batch containing so much fipronil it was unsafe to be eaten by young children.

The United Kingdom, which had hitherto asserted to be only marginally affected, announced Thursday that 700,000 contaminated eggs had been imported to be used in the manufacture of food products.

It is believed that fipronil, which is banned for use on animals destined to enter the consumption, may have entered the food chain illegally.

"While in some European countries eggs containing Fipronil residues have been sold as fresh eggs, in the United Kingdom this is not the case", an agency statement said.

The agency originally estimated that 21,000 contaminated eggs had been shipped to the United Kingdom, some of which may have been consumed, but today substantially increased the figure. Based on the available evidence there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs. Local authorities arrested two men in relation to the fipronil use Thursday, according to the Dutch public prosecutor.

MILLIONS of eggs have been removed from shelves across the continent over fears they could be contaminated with Fipronil.

Aldi said it was "purely precautionary" and added that those sold in its United Kingdom outlets are produced in Britain.




Fipronil is an insecticide that - in an ideal world - should never find its way into a chicken coop.

'Very small number'The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issues a statement this week saying that "a very small number" of eggs from the affected farms had reached the UK.

It emerged today that this was a false assurance and that potentially contaminated products were still being...

The eggs originated in the Netherlands. In Germany - a big export market for the Dutch egg industry - supermarkets have also been removing eggs from shelves.

The WHO considers Fipronil to be moderately toxic, and says very large quantities can cause organ damage.

Germany and the Netherlands have also accused Belgium of failing to disclose contamination, even after it began showing up in tests, resulting in later unnecessary recalls, though Brussels says it did not intend to cover up the incident.

In Denmark, the eggs were discovered before they were used and have been returned to the distributor, but Fødevarestyrelsen wouldn't rule out more cases popping up in the nation.

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