700,000 contaminated eggs distributed in UK10/08/17Government
Around 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms in a contamination scare have been distributed in the UK, up from an earlier estimate of 21,000.
Dutch and Belgian police are searching several premises linked to use of the insecticide fipronil, whilst supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have withdrawn millions of eggs from sale.
The raids in Belgium are in the Campine and West Flanders regions, Belgian media report.
Hygiene firms that use the insecticide are reportedly being searched. Fipronil can harm humans and is banned in food production.
The chemical can damage people’s kidneys, liver and thyroid glands. It is used to kill lice and ticks on animals.
The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) says that in the UK, the Dutch eggs were used in processed foods with many other ingredients – mostly sandwich fillings or other chilled foods.
It said: ‘While in some European countries eggs containing fipronil residues have been sold as fresh eggs, in the UK this is not the case. Many of the eggs involved were mixed with other eggs which have not come from affected farms, so fipronil residues will be highly diluted.’