Dutch Police Arrested 2 Company directors Due To the Egg Scandal

Dutch Police Arrested 2 Company directors Due To the Egg Scandal

Dutch Police Arrested 2 Company directors Due To the Egg Scandal

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the products affected are processed foods in which egg is one ingredient among many others, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other chilled foods.

Eggs or egg products from those producers have reached Austria, Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Sweden, as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong outside the EU.

European Union health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said: "I proposed to hold a high-level meeting, gathering the ministers concerned as well as the representatives of the food safety agencies in all member states involved as soon as we have all the facts available". Over in Denmark, the country's food administration says almost 20 tons of insecticide-tainted eggs have been sold nationwide, but it is playing down the risk to public health.

Dozens of farms are being checked in the Netherlands, while Belgium's food safety agency is probing how Fipronil might have entered eggs destined for supermarkets.

The administration had earlier this week said Denmark was unaffected by the tainted egg scandal spreading across Europe.

Foods containing eggs have been recalled by Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons.

MILLIONS of eggs have been removed from shelves across the continent over fears they could be contaminated with Fipronil. Those were sold mostly to cafes and caterers, it said. It is used to combat fleas in cats and dogs but is banned in animals which form part of the food chain.

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.

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"The maximum amount of eggs (contaminated) that can be consumed varies from one (for a child 1 to 3 years) to ten per day (for an adult)", "without exposing themselves to an acute risk", said the Agency of security of supply in France.

There are around 700,000 possibly contaminated eggs that have been distributed across the United Kingdom from Dutch and Belgian farms, prompting recalls from four supermarkets.

With questions growing about how the contamination happened and whether consumers have been kept in the dark, pressure has grown on the two countries at the centre of the scandal-the Netherlands and Belgium.

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves in Germany as well as Belgium and the Netherlands.

Fipronil is a chemical that can cause damage to a person's liver, thyroid glands and kidneys.

It has since emerged Belgian officials knew about the contamination in June, but did not make the information public.

The move came as Dutch investigators detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of the pesticide at poultry farms. It is a joint action by the Dutch and Belgian authorities.