Eggs contaminated in Asia, the European Union will convene the affected countries

Eggs contaminated in Asia, the European Union will convene the affected countries

Eggs contaminated in Asia, the European Union will convene the affected countries

The retail giants affected by the scandal put out statements, with a Sainsbury's spokesperson claiming that the safety of products is the store's priority.

The EU countries that have received the eggs are the UK, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark - along with non-EU Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

Hundreds of tonnes of eggs from Dutch farms have potentially been contaminated with the insecticide fipronil.

It is moderately toxic and can cause organ damage in humans, but a large number of contaminated eggs would need to be eaten for any negative health effects to be observed.

Fipronil is commonly used in veterinary products to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks but it is banned by the European Union from being used to treat animals destined for human consumption, such as chickens.

In Britain, the Food Standards Agency said it had found more eggs than previously believed had entered the food chain, mainly through processed food.

According to the KFDA, the only European eggs that were imported over the a year ago were 57 tons from Spain.

Numerous affected eggs will have already passed through the food chain before anyone was aware of the scandal.

The scandal, which was evident last week with the withdrawal of millions of eggs to supermarkets Dutch and germans, had been brewing for several months.

"This is just the latest of a number of food safety issues connected to eggs produced outside of the United Kingdom in recent years".

Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme said Belgium's food safety agency has official documents "that indicated the presence of Fipronil in Dutch eggs as early as the end of November 2016".

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe but no illnesses have been reported.

Authorities suspect Belgian company Poultry Vision of producing a fipronil-laced treatment created to kill mites in chickens.

Germany and France -where a few farms are directly affected by blockages- have sharply tancé Belgium and the netherlands.

Two arrests have been made after Dutch and Belgium authorities conducted joint raids.

More than 100 poultry farms were closed during the investigation and at least 26 suspects were identified.

Earlier this week, Belgian agriculture minister Denis Ducarme accused the Dutch government of negligence for failing to act on an anonymous tip Dutch food safety watchdog NVWA had received about the presence of fipronil as early as November previous year.

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