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 Some of these products were consumed before they could be withdrawn, but the Food Standards Agency says a health risk is “very unlikely”.
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”.