EU deals with con­tam­i­nated eggs

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EU deals with con­tam­i­nated eggs

The con­tam­i­na­tion of eggs with a po­ten­tially harm­ful in­sec­ti­cide – fipronil – has re­sulted in EU re­tail­ers pulling mil­lions of eggs from su­per­mar­ket shelves, with re­ports sug­gest­ing that more than 1 mil­lion hens in the Nether­lands may need to be culled.

Chris­tian Sch­midt, Ger­many’s agri­cul­ture min­is­ter, said the con­tam­i­na­tion was a “crim­i­nal” act, and that no more con­tam­i­nated eggs would be stocked on shop shelves to­day.

The WHO re­gards fipronil as mod­er­ately toxic, with large quan­ti­ties caus­ing or­gan dam­age. Dutch and Bel­gian

au­thor­i­ties have traced the source of the in­sec­ti­cide to a Nether­lands clean­ing prod­ucts sup­plier.¡

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