At the height of the egg crisis, 281 factory egg farms in the Netherlands were closed down. The farms have been stopped from selling eggs and chicken meat because their products contain too much of the banned pesticide fipronil to be sold for human consumption. A spokesman for the European Commission told a sitting of the European parliament’s agriculture committee that contaminated eggs have been found in 22 countries within and outside the EU. Several countries outside the EU have received large quantities of the eggs and eggproducts that contain contaminated eggs.

Ukraine and Oman have imposed an import ban on eggs from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium. Meanwhile, it now transpires that the use of fipronil as a chicken de-lousing agent is more widespread than thought. In Italy a consignment of eggs from Romania has been found to have 1.2 milligrams of fipronil per kilo, the highest concentration yet found. The legal limit is 0.72 milligrams.

The Dutch contamination originated at a small company called Chickfriend. Its owners were arrested and are facing prosecution. According to a spokesperson, Chickfriend’s Belgian supplier bought the oils used as a delouser from a Romanian firm. It appears that Romania might be the source of the contaminant. The EU’s rapid alert system RASFF has also recorded reports of fipronil-contaminated eggs which were produced in Italy, Hungary, Poland and Germany as well as Romania.
EU countries are now working on recalling millions of products that were produced with contaminated eggs and egg derived profducts, that are widely used in other foods like pastry, sauces and eggbased meals and used and sold all over the world in catering and food industries.

22-09-2017 01:Sep:nd