Dutch egg scandal hits 17 nations around the world

Millions of eggs have been destroyed or pulled from supermarket shelves since July 20, when it was made public that the pesticide Fipronil, which is unsafe to human health, was found mixed with another treatment sprayed on chickens for ticks, fleas and lice, known as Dega 16.

Fifteen EU countries as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong are said to have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, according to the European Commission.

The affected European Union countries include Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark.

The Centre for Food Safety revealed on Friday that two samples of Dutch eggs exceeded the local legal limit for Fipronil, a highly toxic pest control chemical banned from the production of food.

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

“The Centre for Food Safety is now inspecting eggs coming from Europe closely, no matter at the import, or at the retail level”, Chan said.

She noted that there are rapid alert systems that should be used if consumers are at risk. He said Friday that the recall already has been completed in one case, with all shipments accounted for before the eggs were delivered.

“There must be no compromises when it comes to food safety”, Ms Reinhard said. We don’t know if they were placed in the market [for sale or production], or if the eggs were contaminated.

France’s agriculture minister says tests on imported eggs contaminated with pesticide show no risk to public health.

The CFS is in contact with egg wholesalers and retailers to discuss precaution measures to prevent the inflow of problematic eggs, she added.

A Dutch whistle-blower separately said he had told the authorities that Chickfriend, the Dutch company at the center of the scandal, was illegally using fipronil in the treatment of lice in chicken pens in the Netherlands. But the German government says more than 10 million eggs may have been distributed in the country alone.

The Veterinary and Food Administration says samples analyzed in the Netherlands showed traces of Fipronil, but “not at a harmful level”.

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”.