Tainted eggs confirmed outside EU

  • Tainted eggs confirmed outside EU

Tainted eggs confirmed outside EU

Food safety authority of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has enhanced checks on eggs imported from Europe after insecticide was found in some eggs from European countries, the HKSAR's secretary for food and health said Saturday.

Chan said the CFS took action after two egg samples imported from the Netherlands were found to contain excessive insecticide earlier this month.

Eggs or egg products from those producers have reached Austria, Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Sweden, as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong outside the EU.

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. However, food control agencies are playing down the risks. Most tainted eggs arrived from the Netherlands, which exports an estimated 65 percent of more than 10 billion eggs it produces every year. In this case, it is thought to have been used to combat lice in some chicken farms. "It is, and I mean that seriously, a very good egg".

Supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany also withdrew millions of eggs from sale.

It emerged that around 700,000 eggs in the United Kingdom were implicated in the European egg contamination scandal. The EU bans the use of fipronil in the food industry. Ministers and regulators are gathering on September 26 to discuss ways to prevent similar scandals in the future. A US egg producer has recalled more than 200 million chicken eggs apparently contaminated with salmonella bacteria after hundreds of people have become sick, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).