Food News! Much Ado About Contaminated Eggs in Europe!

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Twenty tonnes of insecticide-tainted eggs have been reportedly  sold in Denmark!

This is according to the country’s food safety authority.

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 The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration in a statement declared that the boiled and peeled eggs were mainly sold to cafeterias, cafes and catering firms.

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Denmark is said to be the latest European country to discover eggs contaminated with fipronil in its food chain.

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Owing to this, two managers at a Dutch company have been arrested during joint raids by Dutch and Belgian authorities.

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Prosecutors in the Netherlands revealed that company – named as Chickfriend by local media – allegedly used fipronil at  poultry farms.

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The BBC revealed that the eggs came mainly from the Netherlands with some originating in Belgium and Germany.

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Reports say the insecticide can damage people’s kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if eaten in large quantities.

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The Danish food administration has however enjoined the populace to be calm, saying the eggs bought by Danæg Products posed no risk to human consumption

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  Fact-file of Contaminated Eggs! 

  •  A very small number of eggs contaminated with a toxic insecticide reportedly reached the UK earlier this year.
  • Some of the eggs, which originated from the Netherlands, were found in France.
  • the country’s agricultural ministry, the UK’s Food Standards Agency confirmed this and asserted that the risk to the public is very low.
  • The agency however declared that urgent investigation would be conducted while stressing that there is no need for people in Britain to avoid eating eggs.
  • The revelations came after the supermarket chain Aldi withdrew all eggs from sale in its stores in Germany .
  • All these occurred last week.
  • Tests had shown that the chemical fipronil, which can harm kidneys, liver and thyroid glands, was found in the eggs.
  • It is feared that farmers in the Netherlands may now need to cull millions of birds as it seeks to eradicate traces of the insecticide from production.
  • On its website, the FSA said:  the risk assessment, based on all the information available, indicates that there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs or products containing eggs.
  • Belgian officials also  admitted that they knew in June that eggs from Dutch farms might be contaminated with the fipronil insecticide.
  • Reports say fipronil can treat lice and ticks in chickens, but should not be used on food-producing animals because of its toxicity.
  • Shops in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, have all removed the eggs from sale as a precaution.
  • About 180 poultry farms in the Netherlands have also been temporarily shut in recent days while investigations are being carried out.
  • The FSA says approximately 21,000 eggs were distributed to the UK from implicated farms in the Netherlands between March and June of this year 2017.
  • About  85 percent of the eggs consumed in Britain are said to be home-produced.
  • Fipronil  is not approved for use in the food industry
  • The chemical  is banned from use in the food industry under EU rules.
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    The chemical  was reportedly used to clean chicken pens in order to combat red lice.

  • About 700,000 of the eggs from Dutch farms  are said to have been distributed to the UK.
  • Samples analysed in the Netherlands show traces of fipronil in the eggs and twenty tonnes is said to be the equivalent weight of two-and-a-half African elephants.
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    Denmark is believed to be the tenth country affected by the widening scandal, with Romania and Luxembourg among the latest to report finding contaminated products.

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    Romanian authorities have equally said that one tonne of the liquid egg yolk contaminated with fipronil  was found in a warehouse in the west of the country.

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This is a developing story, watch out for more…

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