'Eco' Farm Eggs Contaminated with Insecticides

Claudine Rigal
Août 19, 2017

It revealed the final results of its probe which began on Tuesday.

Some 32 poultry farms in Korea have now been found to produce eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, majority billing themselves as "organic". And 49 of those farms, including 17 that were added to the list today, have been found to have unsafe levels of pesticides and have been banned from further production of eggs.

The government is testing 363 more farms, so the numbers are only expected to rise as the global scandal widens.

Of the farms that have produced pesticide-tainted eggs, 28 were certified for producing "eco-friendly" eggs, which are strictly banned from using any pesticides at all.

Of the 13 farms recently added to the unfit list, the harmful insecticides Fipronil and Bifenthrin were detected at 12 farms. Two others farms were found with flufenoxuron, while the remaining two had etoxazole and pyridaben, according to the government. And the discoveries of these pesticides, which are banned from being used on poultry in Korea are also raising public concern.

Quarantine officials discard pesticide-contaminated eggs at a hen farm in Yangju, north of Seoul, on August 16, 2017.

Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.

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