No con­tam­i­nated eggs in SA

The Poultry Bulletin - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.¡

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