Friday, 22 September, 2017

European Union calls eggs talks as scandal spreads to Asia

Hong Kong enhances checks on eggs from Europe Contaminated eggs scandal hit 15 EU states, besides Switzerland, Hong Kong: EC
Howard Terry | 13 August, 2017, 01:05

EU Trade and Agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario said on Friday that farms were shut down in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France after authorities confirmed that fipronil had been used.

Experts say the health risk from eating fipronil is low.

Europe's latest food scandal has widened after the European commission announced that a total of 15 EU states, plus Switzerland and Hong Kong, are now known to have received egg products contaminated by an insecticide harmful to human health.

The non-EU country Switzerland was also affected. Products in British supermarkets were removed on Thursday after it was discovered that the initial Food Standards Agency claim that 21,000 contaminated eggs had hit the United Kingdom was a major underestimate.

The European Commission now plans to hold a meeting with regulators and ministers on 26 September.

Several producers in the Netherlands and Belgium are under investigation after eggs were found to have been treated with a product containing pesticide Fipronil.

Chan said the CFS took action after two egg samples imported from the Netherlands were found to contain excessive insecticide earlier this month.

The agency said on Thursday the Danish distributor, Danaeg Products, has been ordered to recall the eggs because "the content is illegal", but "not dangerous".

The eggs were sold to cafes and catering firms, making the Scandinavian country the 10th to be affected.

"There must be no compromises when it comes to food safety", Ms Reinhard said.

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is "very concerned about" the matter and has implemented measures to deal with problematic eggs, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan told the media.

He said the eggs came from the Netherlands and were delivered by a German company.

He said the eggs would either be destroyed or returned to the producer.

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