Supermarkets pull products from shelves in contaminated egg scare

Fipronil is used to kill lice and ticks, and traces of the chemical were discovered in eggs and chicken in the Netherlands late last month.

Over in Denmark, the country's food administration says almost 20 tons of insecticide-tainted eggs have been sold nationwide, but it is playing down the risk to public health.

It is thought it was added to disinfectant in some chicken farms.

The Netherlands closed 180 poultry farms as a result of the scare.

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.

Processed foods containing eggs, including sandwiches and salads, were recalled by leading supermarkets, including Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda.

Photo taken on August 9, 2017 shows eggs sold in a Belgian market, in Brussels, Belgium.

European Union commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, stressed that the meeting would not be a crisis summit, nor would its goal be to apportion blame.

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The suspects arrested on Thursday were directors at Dutch company Chickfriend, which is at the centre of the scandal.

While officials from the UK's Food Standard Agency (FSA), a body responsible for protecting public health with relation to food, is doing its best to calm people, already major supermarkets here have taken a hit.

The Danish food authority, Fødevarestyrelsen, has confirmed that 40 eggs infected with the poisonous insecticide Fipronil have been found in a bakery in Jutland.

Van der Molen says the Dutch raids on Thursday are part of a joint action with Belgian authorities.

Tests meanwhile found "small quantities" of fipronil in eggs sold in Luxembourg supermarket chain Cactus, which had originally come from the Netherlands, the government said.

An Aldi UK spokesman said: "There's no impact on Aldi in the UK, and all Aldi UK's eggs are 100 per cent British".

European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said that Netherlands, Belgium and Germany warned other countries about the possibility of having exported contaminated eggs to them.

The Dutch investigation, they added, is focusing on a Dutch company that allegedly applied the Fipronil, the presumed Belgian supplier and a Dutch trader who worked together with the supplier.


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