15 nations report contaminated eggs in growing scandal

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

He said test results received overnight from the French food safety agency on affected eggs and egg products showed "the level of contamination does not present a risk for the consumer".

The Commission announced that it is aiming to hold talks between European Union ministers and food safety agencies concerned on September 26.

It is widely used to treat pets for ticks and fleas but its use in the food chain - for example, to clean out barns - is forbidden.

Experts say the health risk from eating fipronil is low.

European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said that "this is not, let's be clear, a crisis meeting" and it is being held next month to get "distance to the events".

France has also confirmed one farm in the Nord-Pas de Calais region was found to have used Fipronil, and is now blocked from selling eggs.

Hong Kong was the only non-European place mentioned.

Stephane Travert said on RMC radio Friday that some 244,000 eggs imported from the Netherlands and Belgium and sold in France were affected by the contamination from pesticide Fipronil.

However Belgium itself has been forced to admit that it knew about fipronil in eggs back in June but kept it secret for almost two months because of a criminal investigation.

The German agriculture ministry said Andriukaitis would also meet ministers of the affected countries on the sidelines of an already scheduled agricultural summit in Estonia in early September.

Fresh discoveries of contaminated eggs have continued daily. A US egg producer has recalled more than 200 million chicken eggs apparently contaminated with salmonella bacteria after hundreds of people have become sick, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Denmark said on Thursday it had found a haul of 20 tonnes of tainted eggs, imported from Belgium.

While initially the Belgian food safety regulator drew criticism from overseas for not acting fast enough after being made aware of fipronil contamination, Belgium's agriculture minister on Wednesday said it was the Dutch who were too slow to respond to inquiries.

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