Portugal safe from contaminated eggs

Manufacturers should reconsider their egg sourcing said British Lion Egg Processors

Manufacturers should reconsider their egg sourcing said British Lion Egg Processors

Over half a million potentially contaminated eggs were distributed in the United Kingdom, it has been revealed.

The FSA stressed that the number of eggs that have come to Britain represents 0.007% of the eggs consumed in the United Kingdom every year, making it "very unlikely that there is any risk to public health from consuming these foods".

Egg-containing products including salads, quiches and sandwiches have been recalled from Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda and Morrison's.

"As of today, no fipronil-contaminated eggs or egg products have been distributed for consumption on the national territory".

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

The outbreak is believed to have originated in the Netherlands, the European Union's biggest egg exporter, according to Eurostat data.

Police arrested two people on Thursday in raids on companies in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of fipronil, which can be harmful to humans, was made public on August 1. It is considered "moderately hazardous" by the World Health Organisation. Subsequent testing of eggs found them tainted with the banned insecticide, and around 180 Dutch farms have been locked down for testing.

The European Commission said all had received eggs contaminated with the pesticide fipronil, adding that a meeting of EU ministers to discuss the scandal had been provisionally scheduled for September 26.

"All of the food businesses concerned have been contacted and any remaining products removed from sale", the FSAI said.

Fipronil is not deemed to be a risk to food safety, but is not authorised for use in food producing animals.

Testing of eggs on farms is under way across the United Kingdom and results to date for England and Wales show no exposure to Fipronil.

It was previously reported that Fipronil was introduced by a Dutch company that provided sanitary services to breeders in Belgium and Netherlands, EU's biggest egg producer, who were not aware of the violations.

Fipronil is commonly used in veterinary products to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks.

Around 85% of eggs consumed in Britain are laid in the UK.

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