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Eggs contamination
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Eggs contamination: Andriukaitis calls for end to “blaming”


The EU’s food safety commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has called for an urgent meeting of ministers and regulators to discuss the scandal over contaminated eggs.

Andriukaitis said countries should work together, saying “blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere”.

Eggs, coming mainly from the Netherlands, have been found to contain traces of the insecticide fipronil, which the EU prohibits in the food industry.

A dispute has erupted over how long Belgian and Dutch authorities have known.

On 10 August, investigators arrested two people in raids on companies in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) also said some 700,000 eggs have been sent to the UK from potentially contaminated Dutch farms, up from an earlier estimate of 21,000.

Four supermarkets in the UK have withdrawn products from their shelves as a consequence.

The FSA added that it still believed from its investigations into the fipronil contamination incident in Europe that it was very unlikely that the eggs posed a risk to public health.

The FSA said in a statement: ‘The decision to withdraw these products is not due to food safety concerns, but is based on the fact that fipronil is not authorised for use in food producing animals. The FSA and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are committed to ensuring that food is safe, and that UK consumers have food they can trust.

‘We are reminding food businesses of their legal responsibilities which include informing the FSA or FSS and relevant local authorities immediately if they have any reason to believe that a food which they have imported, produced, processed or distributed does not comply with food safety requirements.’

Pan European Networks Ltd