EU says tainted egg report was delayed
BRUSSELS — The European Union’s executive arm said Tuesday that Belgian authorities took around a month to notify it about the discovery of chicken eggs contaminated with low levels of an insecticide, although EU member states are required to notify the EU “immediately.”
Dozens of poultry farms in Belgium and the Netherlands have been investigated during the hunt for eggs containing Fipronil, which is dangerous to human health, and several other EU countries are now on the lookout for tainted eggs.
Millions of eggs have been pulled from stores in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Britain, France, Sweden and Switzerland have been warned that contaminated eggs might be on their territories.
European Commission spokesman Mina Andreeva said “no information about this contamination incident was provided” until July 20. Tainted eggs were found in Belgium in June.
She said EU states “have a legal obligation” to notify the European Commission immediately if they have information about a threat to human health.