Hong Kong scram­bles to in­spect eggs from EU

New Straits Times - - World -

HONG KONG: Hong Kong is in­creas­ing in­spec­tions of eggs im­ported from Europe, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day af­ter some were found to be con­tam­i­nated with an in­sec­ti­cide in a scan­dal which has spread be­yond the EU.

Mil­lions of eggs have been pulled from su­per­mar­ket shelves across Europe and dozens of poul­try farms closed since the dis­cov­ery of fipronil, which can be harm­ful to hu­mans, was made public on Aug 1.

But in a sign the cri­sis is go­ing global, Brussels also an­nounced on Fri­day that Hong Kong had re­ceived some tainted eggs from the Nether­lands, with the south­ern Chi­nese city be­com­ing the first place in Asia known to be af­fected.

Health min­is­ter Sophia Chan said au­thor­i­ties were “strength­en­ing” in­spec­tions of eggs from Europe.

JAN­ICE FU­RUKAWA, Guam res­i­dent

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.

Free-range eggs from Spain were seen on sale at a gro­cery store in east Hong Kong Is­land yes­ter­day.

The owner said his Span­ish eggs had been checked for chem­i­cals, but that the US and lo­cal of­fer­ings might be “safer”. AFP

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