Two arrested in the Netherlands over egg scandal

Two arrested in the Netherlands over egg scandal

France has ordered a national investigation into all egg-product manufacturers in the wake of Europe's insecticide-tainted egg scandal, China's Xinhua news agency reported French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert as saying on Wednesday.

Fipronil is a common veterinary product used against common parasites, flees, lice and ticks, however it is banned from being used to treat animals destined for human consumption, such as chickens.

It is thought that fipronil was added to disinfectant used on some chicken farms.

Millions of eggs have already been pulled from supermarket shelves in Europe as a result of the scare, while hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands.

In late July, millions of eggs in Belgian, Dutch, German and other European Union states' supermarkets turned out to be contaminated with fipronil, which is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a moderately hazardous substance.

British Lion Code eggs have been tested by the Food Standards Agency and have proven to be perfectly safe.

The UK food watchdog also said about 700,000 eggs had been sent to the UK from potentially contaminated Dutch farms, up from an earlier estimate of 21,000.

A spokesperson said investigations indicated it was "very unlikely" that the eggs posed a risk to public health.

Eggs containing Fipronil residues haven't been sold as fresh eggs in the United Kingdom, but in other European countries they have.


"Blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere and I want to stop this", EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis from Lithuania said.

Dutch police have arrested two people suspected of using fipronil.

Poultry farmers in the Netherlands have alleged that a substance that they bought from a Dutch-based farming company Chickfriend is what has caused introduced Fipronil into the eggs.

It comes after the agency said on Monday that a "very small number" of eggs distributed in Britain were believed to be from affected farms and that the risk to the public was "very low".

Authorities suspect Belgian company Poultry Vision of producing a fipronil-laced treatment created to kill mites in chickens.

Romanian authorities say they have seized a ton of imported eggs suspected of being contaminated.

The contaminated Dutch egg scandal should force United Kingdom retailers to look again at their egg sourcing policies and buy British, the United Kingdom egg industry has said. It is a joint action by the Dutch and Belgian authorities.

A row has erupted over how long Belgian and Dutch authorities have known about the contamination.

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