20 tonnes of tainted eggs sold in Denmark

France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal

The Food Standards Agency now believes close to 700,000 eggs from affected farms on the continent have entered the United Kingdom, having previously put the figure at just 21,000.

Numerous eggs were mixed with others which had not come from affected farms so Fipronil residues would be highly diluted, the FSA said.

Poultry farms in the United Kingdom provide the domestic demand for eggs by 85%, and infection fipronil not revealed.

The products that are being withdrawn by retailers include egg salads, sandwiches, mayonnaise and egg snack pots.

The FSAI said Fipronil is an insecticide which is not permitted for use around food producing animals, while noting that traceability on the eggs from the Netherlands contaminated with Fipronil was continuing.

The Food Standards Agency said it had found evidence that some 700,000 eggs had been imported over the period it is known fipronil was being used on Dutch poultry farms, Europe's biggest exporter of eggs.

In question, the use of fipronil, a suppressor yet strictly banned in the rearing of hens, by companies of disinfection involved in the agricultural holdings in the netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

On July 28, a poultry farm, located in Pas de Calais in northern France, was placed under surveillance after the farmer reported to French authorities that his Belgian supplier used the pesticide containing Fipronil.

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Millions of eggs have been destroyed so far due to Fipronil contamination.

A joint press statement from Luxembourg's agriculture and health ministries published Wednesday 9 August announced that routine test results received the same day from eggs sold in Cactus were found to contain traces of the insecticide.

It said that it had warned both Sweden and Switzerland that it had exported eggs to them.

British food safety authorities say far more eggs possibly tainted with the pesticide Fipronil have been imported to the United Kingdom from elsewhere in Europe than previously thought. The raids, which included the home of a vet, are said to have produced 'incriminating evidence, ' NOS writes.

A major product recall in now underway in the United Kingdom off the back of the British Food Standards Agency's announcement about the levels of contamination there. It is considered slightly poisonous by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is hence forbidden on animals destined for the food chain to prevent damage to the human liver, thyroid and kidney.

Cactus does not have any egg supplier in the Netherlands, it had now become clear that the usual supplier was probably buying some poultry eggs from the Netherlands.

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