Mil­lions lost over fipronil scan­dal

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Mil­lions lost over fipronil scan­dal

Two com­pany ex­ec­u­tives have ap­peared in court in the Nether­lands in con­nec­tion with the tainted eggs scan­dal that has swept across Europe. Con­tam­i­nated pro­duce has been found as far afield as Hong Kong and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo.

The men, iden­ti­fied by Dutch me­dia as 31-year-old

Martin van de B and Mathijs Ij, ap­peared in closed ses­sion be­fore a judge at the Over­i­jis­sel District Court in Zwolle and were re­manded in cus­tody. They were ar­rested fol­low­ing raids on eight premises in Bel­gium and Hol­land, in­clud­ing Chick­friend, the com­pany the two men worked for.

“The public pros­e­cu­tion ser­vice sus­pects the 2 man­agers of a disinfection com­pany of us­ing fipronil at poul­try farms in the Nether­lands. Thereby, they en­dan­gered public health and there are sus­pi­cions they knew the bio­cide was banned,” said the court.

Poul­try farm­ers caught up in the scan­dal that has en­veloped 17 EU coun­tries as well as Hong Kong have started count­ing the costs, the ini­tial

es­ti­mates of which are around then 150 mil­lion Euro mark – and may be much higher.

Across Europe, mil­lions of eggs have been with­drawn from re­tail­ers and de­stroyed, while dozens of poul­try farms have been closed since news of the con­tam­i­na­tion sur­faced on 1 Au­gust.

Ad­mit­ting it was too early to know the full ex­tent of the dam­age - due in part to the mar­ket’s in­sta­bil­ity, Jo­han van Bosch, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Bel­gian As­so­ci­a­tion of Egg Whole­salers, said mem­bers were adding up losses and pre­par­ing to ask the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion for com­pen­sa­tion fol­low­ing a drop in sales, rise in prices and a fall in con­sumer con­fi­dence.

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