Egg insecticide scandal may have already spread to seven countries

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Broken eggshells are placed in a crate in Dresden, Germany, 04 August 2017.

Egg insecticide scandal may have already spread to seven countries


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The European Commission said on Monday that eggs contaminated with an insecticide may have entered the UK, French, Swedish and Swiss market, after notifying the corresponding national authorities.

Almost a week after the Dutch authorities shut numerous poultry farms after finding high levels of fipronil in batches of eggs and the recalling of eggs from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium due to this banned insecticide for use on farm animals because of its danger to human health, Brussels significantly escalates the geographical scope of the scandal.

After Belgium failed to notify the EU executive immediately on an ongoing investigation to a Belgian company for creating an illegal mite-killer containing fipronil, delayed to break the news to the Berlaymont. A month after it was Germany lunching another investigation on Dutch eggs in July

European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen today said that the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany warned other member states through the EU’s art system that the may have exported contaminated eggs in August.
According to Itkonen , the Dutch warned that they have sent eggs on August 4 to Sweden and on August 6 to Switzerland. Germany also warned on August 5 that it had sent eggs to France and the UK. “The aim is to share the information so that everybody knows that it’s up to the Swedish, Swiss and French authorities to check, because all these eggs are traceable,” explained the spokeswoman.

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