Tainted egg products recalled from United Kingdom supermarkets

Tainted egg products recalled from United Kingdom supermarkets

Tainted egg products recalled from United Kingdom supermarkets

Twenty tonnes of fipronil-contaminated eggs have been sold in Denmark, the country's Veterinary and Food Administration said on Thursday.

Dutch investigators have detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of a pesticide at poultry farms that sparked a massive food safety scare in several countries. Based on this, the BfR calculates that an adult weighing 65kg (143lb) would be able to eat up to seven eggs within 24 hours and still be within the safe range. Based on the available evidence there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs.

As soon as the Belgium has given the warning to his european partners on July 20, dozens of houses have been blocked, and millions of eggs have been removed from supermarkets in eight european countries as a preventive measure, or because their rates exceeded the thresholds set by the regulation.

Tests also found fipronil in eggs sold in Luxembourg supermarket chain Cactus, which had originally come from the Netherlands, while two Luxembourg suppliers of prepared meals, Caterman and Carnesa, said they had received cartons of liquid eggs from a contaminated source in Belgium.

However, the Danish food administration urged calm, saying the eggs bought by Danæg Products posed no risk to human consumption.

In joint raids with Belgium, Dutch prosecutors said they had arrested "two managers at the company that allegedly used the substance at poultry farms", with Dutch media naming the suspects' company as Chickfriend.

Nearly a dozen products known to contain those eggs have been recalled from sale as a precaution, though most will have already been consumed.

The minister said the move comes in a hope to have "much more fruitful and rapid exchanges of information" with his European Union (EU) partners in the future. It also stressed it is very unlikely that there is any risk to public health from consuming these foods.

United Kingdom food authorities said about 700,000 suspicious eggs had entered the country.

Millions of eggs have already been pulled from supermarket shelves in Europe as a result of the scare, while hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands. Around 85% of eggs consumed in Britain are home-produced.

A farmer holds freshly laid eggs at a poultry farm in Lunteren, Netherlands August 7, 2017. One company tested on July 18 was found to have Fipronil levels well below the European limit. According to the World Health Organisation, fipronil is a "moderately toxic" chemical, although in high concentrations it can have a unsafe effect on kidney, liver and thyroid gland function.

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