700000 contaminated eggs distributed to United Kingdom, food agency says

700000 contaminated eggs distributed to United Kingdom, food agency says

The eggs were produced in the Netherlands, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) said.

However, the Danish food administration urged calm, saying the eggs bought by Danæg Products posed no risk to human consumption.

Molen's announcement came after Belgium on Wednesday accused the Netherlands' food safety authority NVWA of failing to inform the Belgians that its eggs were tainted with insecticide despite knowing about the problem of fipronil in eggs since November 2016, but failing to inform them until July.

The products affected in the United Kingdom are said to be processed foods that included eggs among other ingredients, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other similar chilled foods. Shell eggs were unaffected, she said, because all those eggs were sourced from the UK.

The majority of the eggs have originated from the Netherlands, but also from Belgium and Germany.

It is a "highly toxic" pesticide which could be harmful if ingested but you'd need to have eaten a very large quantity of contaminated eggs for that to happen.

The Food Standards Agency says it's likely that the number of eggs that have come to the United Kingdom is closer to 700,000 than the 21,000 officials previously believed had been imported.

It also emerged on Thursday that two managers at a Dutch company had been arrested during joint raids by Dutch and Belgian authorities.

Eggs in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium have been destroyed, withdrawn or blocked and well over 100 Dutch egg farms are still shut down whilst investigations continue.

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Dutch prosecutors said in a statement Thursday that the two men detained during a series of raids are directors of a company that allegedly used Fipronil in egg farms.

In the Netherlands and Belgium, the countries at the epicentre of the scare, authorities said they carried out coordinated searches at several premises linked to a fraud probe about how fipronil got into the food chain.

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Some 6000 litres of "prohibited products" were seized in Belgium.

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.

The number of egg or egg products imported is very small.

The eggs came from farms in the Netherlands and were used as one ingredient in processed foods, such as sandwich fillings.

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.

Mr Ducharme added: "If we had seen this information communicated to our respective agencies, vigilance concerning Fipronil would have been greatly increased".