United Kingdom supermarkets bin egg products amid Europe contamination scare

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Previously, the agency had believed only 21,000 potentially contaminated eggs had made it to the UK.

"The products affected are processed foods in which egg is one ingredient among many others, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other chilled foods".

Four major supermarkets have been removing eggs from their shelves, as it has emerged that 700,000 contaminated eggs have reached Britain from Holland.

In early-July meanwhile, a small quantity of "liquid pasteurised egg" was supplied to a number of food businesses for use in bakery products.

Prosecutors said in a statement they had conducted raids at eight locations in the Netherlands and Belgium, confiscating cars and seizing bank accounts and real estate.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has said that no eggs imported into Ireland have tested positive for the chemical contaminant fipronil insecticide following a scare in a number of European countries. When eaten in large quantities it can harm people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands. An estimated five billion eggs are sold each year to Germany alone, according to a poultry farming union in the Netherlands.

Vingt tonnes d'oeufs contaminés au Danemark
Un Conseil des ministres restreints se tenait dans la foulée, à l'issue duquel une conférence de presse est prévue. A ce stade, selon Stéphane Travert , ministre de l'Agriculture, seule la filière des oeufs est touchée.

But the head of Dutch Food Safety Authority, Rob van Lint, denied his claims.

The European Commission said all had received eggs contaminated with the pesticide fipronil, adding that a meeting of EU ministers to discuss the scandal had been provisionally scheduled for September 26.

Millions of hens across Europe may be destroyed and some supermarkets have taken eggs off their shelves. Further away in Hong Kong, the government's Centre for Food Safety also identified two samples of imported Dutch eggs containing excessive levels of fipronil and asked shops to remove the products.

"Shell eggs on sale to consumers are not affected and the FSA says that there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs", it said.

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.

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