Con­tam­i­nated eggs

The Week Middle East - - News -

Su­per­mar­kets with­drew a to­tal of 11 prod­ucts from their shelves last week, after it emerged that 700,000 po­ten­tially con­tam­i­nated eggs had been sent to the UK. The eggs, which mostly came from the Nether­lands, were con­tam­i­nated with fipronil, an in­sec­ti­cide that can cause dam­age to the kid­neys and liver – but only if con­sumed in huge quan­ti­ties. At least 16 coun­tries have been af­fected; in the UK, the eggs were not sold in their shells but used in sal­ads and sand­wiches. Some of these prod­ucts were con­sumed be­fore they could be with­drawn, but the Food Stan­dards Agency says a health risk is “very un­likely”.

Gren­fell in­quiry

The in­quiry into the Gren­fell Tower fire will ex­am­ine the ac­tions of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea Coun­cil, it was an­nounced this week. The probe will also con­sider the tower’s re­fur­bish­ment, the ad­e­quacy of build­ing reg­u­la­tions, and the au­thor­i­ties’ re­sponse to the fire. Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chair­ing the in­quiry, had pre­vi­ously sug­gested its scope could be far more lim­ited. Sur­vivors’ groups ex­pressed con­cern that it won’t ad­dress broader ques­tions of hous­ing pol­icy – but Theresa May said so­cial hous­ing pro­pos­als would be set out “in due course”.

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