Portugal safe from contaminated eggs

  • Portugal safe from contaminated eggs

Portugal safe from contaminated eggs

A statement by prosecutors said: "The Dutch investigation focused on the Dutch company that allegedly used fipronil, a Belgian supplier, as well as a Dutch company that colluded with the Belgian supplier".

Britain, France, Sweden and Switzerland have all been warned to keep an eye out for tainted eggs arriving in their countries.

"Our inspectors are monitoring poultry farms around the country", she added.

The German agriculture ministry estimates that 10.7 million possibly contaminated eggs were delivered to Germany from the Netherlands.

It can cause damage to the liver, thyroid glands and kidneys, if consumed in large quantities, though this has only been tested on rats.

Around 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in a contamination scare have been distributed to Britain, rather than the 21,000 first estimated, the Food Standards Agency has said.

More than 700,000 contaminated eggs have been shipped from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, leading major supermarkets such as Sainsbury's and Waitrose to urgently recall stocks of fresh sandwiches, quiche and salads.

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

"Blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere and I want to stop this", EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis from Lithuania said.

However, Belgium has blamed the Netherlands and more specifically a Dutch company Chickfriend.

The core issue involves the use of Fipronil which is believed to have been used inappropriately in cleaning products on chicken farms, although it is not authorised around food producing animals.

Illegal use of an insecticide has affected eggs sold in the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland, France and 12 other European Union countries.

It is why the Food Standards Agency says it is "very unlikely" there is any health risk.

Denmark is the latest country to find eggs contaminated with insecticide in its food chain.

It has since emerged Belgian officials knew about the contamination in June, but did not make the information public.

In total the Intelligence and Investigation Services of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA-IOD) searched on eight different Dutch locations.

Aldi earlier this month pulled all Dutch eggs from its stores in Germany. The Belgian authorities already raided that company, according to the newspaper.

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