Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Denmark the latest country to find contaminated eggs

Denmark the latest country to find contaminated eggs

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said in a statement that these eggs were mostly sold to catering firms, cafeterias and cafes.

The others are Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Denmark and non-EU member Switzerland.

The eggs at the centre of the scandal have mainly come from the Netherlands, followed by Belgium and Germany.

In large quantities, fipronil is an insecticide considered to be "moderately toxic" to humans by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"And as the authorities in Belgium and Holland get more information they pass that onto our own Food Standards Agency".

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) is calling on United Kingdom retailers to show the same commitment to using British eggs in products such as sandwiches and salads as they do to sourcing their shelled eggs from Britain.

All eggs in Belgium were blocked from sale.

These would likely be mixed with other eggs that were not from affected farms, making "Fipronil residues highly diluted", the FSA said.

"We can confirm that they are eggs that hail from one of the infected farms in the Netherlands", Nikolas Kühn Hove, a spokesperson for Fødevarestyrelsen, told TV2 News.

Heather Hancock, FSA chairman, said: 'I'm confident that acting quickly is the right thing to do.

Romanian authorities say they have seized a ton of imported eggs suspected of being contaminated.

Dutch investigators have detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of pesticide at poultry farms that sparked a massive food safety scare in several countries.

Aldi earlier this month pulled all Dutch eggs from its stores in Germany.

Belgian investigators meanwhile identified 26 people or companies as suspects during the 11 raids by police and food safety agency officers, for offences including fraud and breaking European Union food laws.

The ministry, in response to a query from the Greens party, also cited growing concerns about processed foods that might contain contaminated eggs, and said data received from the Dutch and Belgian governments had been "insufficient", the paper said.

British egg processors have criticised the buying policies of the UK's major supermarkets after the FSA released the list of withdrawn products.

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