Nether­lands found in­sec­ti­cide in eggs

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Bel­gium’s agri­cul­ture min­is­ter said yes­ter­day that the Nether­lands de­tected a po­ten­tially harm­ful in­sec­ti­cide in eggs in Novem­ber last year, nine months be­fore the pan-Euro­pean scan­dal be­came pub­lic. Min­is­ter De­nis Du­carme told a Bel­gian par­lia­men­tary hear­ing on the cri­sis that the Bel­gian food safety agency ob­tained an in­ter­nal Dutch doc­u­ment that “re­ports the ob­ser­va­tion of the pres­ence of fipronil in Dutch eggs at the end of Novem­ber 2016.”

“There was in re­la­tion to that no of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Nether­lands,” Du­carme said, adding he has been in con­tact with his col­leagues in the neigh­bor­ing coun­try for an ex­pla­na­tion. The scare has hit ma­jor egg ex­porter the Nether­lands the hard­est, where the scan­dal erupted on Au­gust 1 and the Dutch au­thor­i­ties or­dered eggs pulled from su­per­mar­ket shelves and urged shop­pers to throw theirs away. Dutch au­thor­i­ties have tem­po­rar­ily closed 138 poultry farms and may cull mil­lions of chick­ens.

In ad­di­tion to the Nether­lands, su­per­mar­kets in Ger­many, Bel­gium, Swe­den and Switzer­land have since pulled mil­lions of eggs from the shelves. The prob­lem is be­lieved to stem from a sub­stance used by a Dutch com­pany, Chick­friend, that farm­ers in the Nether­lands and Bel­gium say they hired to treat their chick­ens. A lawyer for a Bel­gian com­pany, Poultry-Vi­sion, says the firm sold it to Chick­friend but has not said where it got the sub­stance. —AFP

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