No contaminated eggs in SA
Eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil were found and destroyed in 16 European countries. Although some local media reported that contaminated eggs have found their way into South Africa, these reports are inaccurate and alarmist.
Firstly, fipronil is not licenced for use in poultry in South Africa; rather it is used for tick and flea control in
dogs and cats, and there are no shell eggs that have been contaminated with fipronil in our country.
Secondly, while a shipment of egg powder used in the food industries did indeed arrive in SA, there were no shelled eggs in the shipment. The SA authorities were alerted by the European Commission that there was a container of egg powder from affected farms that was destined for SA. This information came because of the EU Commission doing the tracing work of the products that came from the affected farms to take the products out of the food chain.
Finally, DAFF impounded the shipment at the port of entry. It is confidently expected that the health authorities will take the necessary steps to ensure South African consumers are not at any risk and that locally produced eggs remain safe to eat.¡