700000 contaminated eggs distributed in UK

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

United Kingdom grocers Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose have recalled pre-packed sandwich and salad lines found to have contained eggs contaminated with the fipronil insecticide said to have been used by a Dutch poultry services company to combat lice in chickens.

The U.K.'s Food Standard's Agency (FSA) said Thursday that it estimated around 700,000 affected eggs from Dutch farms had been distributed to Britain.

Several UK products, including salads sold at Sainbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda, have been removed following the contamination scare.

Over half a million potentially contaminated eggs were distributed in the United Kingdom, it has been revealed.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Britain said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public health.

Dutch police spokeswoman Marieke van der Molen said: "It relates to two managers at the company that allegedly used the substance (fipronil) at poultry farms".

British food safety authorities say far more eggs possibly tainted with the pesticide Fipronil have been imported to the United Kingdom from elsewhere in Europe than previously thought. Similarly, in early July, a small quantity of liquid pasteurised egg (with a "use-by" date of July 20) was supplied to a number of food businesses for use in bakery products.

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

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

Millions of eggs and egg-based products have been pulled from European supermarket shelves since the scare went public on August 1 and there are growing questions about who knew what, and when.

Fipronil can cause damage to the liver, thyroid glands and kidneys if consumed in large quantities.

The news comes as investigators carried out coordinated raids linked to the Fipronil probe in Belgium and the Netherlands.

"The levels of actual contamination do not pose any risks for consumers", it said, citing an investigation by France's health and safety agency that pointed to "very low" risks. Based on the available evidence there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs.

The insecticide is a common ingredient in anti-lice treatments, but it is banned from being used on animals destined for human consumption.

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