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Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Europe's insecticide-infested egg scandal intensifies, 2 arrests made

Europe's insecticide-infested egg scandal intensifies, 2 arrests made

At first, it was thought that 21,000 contaminated eggs had reached the United Kingdom from Dutch farms implicated in a contamination scare.

Two persons have been arrested in the Netherlands over the ongoing contaminated eggs scandal, the Dutch public prosecutor stated on Thursday.

Prosecutors said in a statement they had conducted raids at eight locations in the Netherlands and Belgium, confiscating cars and seizing bank accounts and real estate.

What do we know about the Europe egg scare?

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.

However, the Co-op and SandpiperCI have confirmed that they are not affected, as the vast majority of their eggs come from local farms, with the rest coming from farms in the UK.

All major United Kingdom retailers stock British Lion shell eggs and tests have shown that there is no risk from British eggs.

In the United Kingdom, processed foods containing eggs, including sandwiches and salads, have been recalled from Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda.

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. "The number of eggs involved is small in proportion to the number of eggs we eat, and it is very unlikely that there is a risk to public health".

About 700,000 of the eggs were distributed to the United Kingdom, with The Telegraph reporting that the British food safety watchdog had confirmed eggs may have already been eaten by consumers.

German supermarket chain Aldi has recalled eggs as the pesticide scandal continues to rock European food markets.

Four major supermarkets have been removing eggs from their shelves, as it has emerged that 700,000 contaminated eggs have reached Britain from Holland. This insecticide if consumed in high quantities can cause damage to kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.

Fipronil is a common veterinary product used against common parasites, flees, lice and ticks, however it is banned from being used to treat animals destined for human consumption, such as chickens.

FSA chairwoman Heather Hancock said: "I'm confident that acting quickly is the right thing to do".

The tests showed that the eggs on these poultry farms was 0.92 mg/kg which is above the safety level set by European health authorities at 0.72 mg/kg.

Several producers in the Netherlands and Belgium are under investigation after eggs there were found to have been treated with a product containing pesticide Fipronil.

The products include bread and cookies made with processed eggs from the three European countries.

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