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Eggs scandal that is rocking 16 European countries

0cb1153 Eggs containing pesticides found in 17 countries
Dexter Carr | 13 August, 2017, 01:02

EU Trade and Agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario said on Friday that farms were shut down in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France after authorities confirmed that fipronil had been used. The countries that have received the eggs are Britain, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark, along with non-EU Switzerland and Hong Kong, BBC reported.

With concern going global, the commission said it had now called a meeting of ministers and food safety chiefs from affected European Union countries, setting a provisional date of September 26.

Samples of eggs on sale in Hong Kong have been found to be tainted with unsafe levels of insecticide as a contamination that began in the Netherlands continues to spread. "It is, and I mean that seriously, a very good egg".

Several producers in the Netherlands and Belgium are under investigation after eggs were found to have been treated with a product containing pesticide Fipronil.

The Foods Standards Agency said 700,000 eggs had been sent to the United Kingdom from potentially contaminated Dutch farms. Heavy and prolonged exposure can damage the kidneys and liver or cause seizures.

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"As far as the retail level is concerned, they have also retracted the problematic eggs, as well as increased the surveillance on eggs, especially (those) coming from European countries", Chan said.

The eggs were sold to cafes and catering firms, making the Scandinavian country the 10th to be affected.

The scandal has caused major political fallout, with neighbours Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany squabbling over who is to blame, and who knew what and when.

The agency said on Thursday the Danish distributor, Danaeg Products, has been ordered to recall the eggs because "the content is illegal", but "not dangerous".

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