Eggs containing pesticides found in 17 countries

Eggs containing pesticides found in 17 countries

Several producers in the Netherlands and Belgium are under investigation after eggs were found to have been treated with a product containing pesticide Fipronil.

Brussels said the 15 affected EU countries were Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark, along with non-EU Switzerland. The EU insists there is no threat to human health, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that when eaten in large quantities it can harm people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands. Goods sold in Hong Kong are also understood to have been affected.

Other affected European Union countries are France, Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark, commission spokesman Daniel Rosario said, as well as non-EU member Switzerland.

The UK food watchdog said about 700,000 eggs had been sent to the country from potentially contaminated Dutch farms, up from an earlier estimate of 21,000. But the German government says more than 10 million eggs may have been distributed in the country alone.

"Because the content is illegal, Danæg Products must withdraw the eggs from their customers".

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

She noted that there are rapid alert systems that should be used if consumers are at risk.

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is "very concerned about" the matter and has implemented measures to deal with problematic eggs, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan told the media.

Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) said last Friday it found two samples of eggs from the Netherlands to have exceeded local fipronil limits.

He said the eggs would either be destroyed or returned to the producer.

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