Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Supermarket Egg Sandwiches And Salads Are Being Recalled Over A Contamination Scare

Supermarket Egg Sandwiches And Salads Are Being Recalled Over A Contamination Scare

The FSA said the 700,000 eggs now in the food chain mainly affected processed food in which egg is one ingredient among many, such as in sandwich fillings or chilled foods. Based on this, the BfR calculates that an adult weighing 65kg (143lb) would be able to eat up to seven eggs within 24 hours and still be within the safe range. "Our advice is that there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs or products containing eggs".

Dozens of producers in Belgium and the Netherlands are being investigated for eggs containing Fipronil, which is risky to human health though no cases have been reported of people falling sick.

Following censure of this approach, Belgium launched a parliamentary hearing when Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme said Belgian's food safety agency obtained an internal Dutch document that "supports the observation of the presence of fipronil in Dutch eggs at the end of November 2016".

MILLIONS of eggs have been removed from shelves across the continent over fears they could be contaminated with Fipronil.

The decision to withdraw these products is not due to food safety concerns, but is based on the fact that fipronil is not authorised for use in food producing animals. It said: "The government has already taken action to prevent any risk to United Kingdom consumers by adding fipronil to its robust surveillance programme in United Kingdom farms". An estimated five billion eggs are sold each year to Germany alone, according to a poultry farming union in the Netherlands.

Sweden, Switzerland, Britain, France and Luxembourg have also now announced that they have found contaminated eggs. "It is a matter of two officers of the company who has probably applied the product in the poultry farms", presented as Chickfriend by the media of the netherlands, has indicated to the AFP Marieke van der Molen, a spokesman of the prosecutor of the netherlands.

The liquid was imported from Germany and found in a warehouse in western Romania, in the first discovery of its kind in eastern Europe, the Romanian veterinary health authority ANSVSA said, adding that none of it has been put on the market.

Some 180 farms - which produce millions of eggs a week - have been temporarily shut down while further tests are carried out.

It is believed that Fipronil, used to kill fleas, lice, ticks, roaches and mites, was inadvertently mixed with a cleaning product routinely used in chicken coops.

"This is just the latest of a number of food safety issues connected to eggs produced outside of the United Kingdom in recent years". One company tested on July 18 was found to have Fipronil levels well below the European limit. In large quantities fipronil can cause liver, kidney and thyroid gland damage.

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