EU says tainted egg re­port was de­layed

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

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.

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