Europe eggs scandal hits Hong Kong after shipment from contaminated farm revealed

  • Europe eggs scandal hits Hong Kong after shipment from contaminated farm revealed

Europe eggs scandal hits Hong Kong after shipment from contaminated farm revealed

The EU countries which received the contaminated eggs included UK, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark.

Products in United Kingdom supermarkets were removed on Thursday after it emerged that the initial Food Standards Agency claim that 21,000 contaminated eggs had hit the United Kingdom was a gross underestimate.

The insecticide is said to be harmful to the liver, kidneys and thyroid glands if enough are eaten.

Experts and ministers will convene to discuss an egg contamination scandal which is so far known to have affected 15 European Union countries.

But the World Health Organization said that, when digested in large quantities, the chemical could cause harm to the kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.

"Samples analysed in the Netherlands show traces of fipronil in the eggs, but not as a health hazard", the agency said.

The scandal has caused major political fallout, with neighbours Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany squabbling over who is to blame, and who knew what and when.

The Agriculture Ministry says the French farm reported on July 28, as the scandal was coming to light, that Dega 16 had been used on the farm by a Belgian subcontractor, and the ministry claims no eggs concerned have been sold.

The Commission is to hold a meeting with ministers and regulators in September to discuss the issue and its food safety chief has requested countries to stop "blaming and shaming" each other.

Egg imports are stringently controlled and only those with recognized health certificates can be imported to Hong Kong, she added.

Its competitor, Wellcome, went further and claimed its customers could obtain a refund on the purchase of eggs from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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

"Customers can bring the product along with the receipt to the store for either a merchandise exchange or refund when they have queries about the products purchased", he added.