Supermarket Egg Sandwiches And Salads Are Being Recalled Over A Contamination Scare

Xavier Trudeau
Août 12, 2017

More than 700,000 contaminated eggs have been shipped from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, leading major supermarkets such as Sainsbury's and Waitrose to urgently recall stocks of fresh sandwiches, quiche and salads.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) previously believed 21,000 eggs were implicated in the Fipronil contamination scare but they announced today the figure was much higher.

Foods containing egg have been recalled from supermarkets, although some of the affected eggs may have already made their way into the food chain.

All have reported receiving contaminated eggs or egg products in a growing food scandal.

The UK foods watchdog did, however, claim there it is very unlikely there will be a risk to public health as a result.

Dutch investigators on Thursday arrested two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of the pesticide Fipronil at the poultry farms that sparked the scandal.

Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) poultry committee chairman Nigel Renaghan has reassured consumers that Irish eggs are unaffected and 100pc safe.

Supermarket Egg Sandwiches And Salads Are Being Recalled Over A Contamination Scare
Supermarket Egg Sandwiches And Salads Are Being Recalled Over A Contamination Scare

At least 700,000 eggs implicated in the fipronil scandal have been imported into the United Kingdom, far more than initial estimates, the Food Standards Agency has confirmed.

The WHO considers Fipronil to be moderately toxic, and says very large quantities can cause organ damage.

The European Commission announced yesterday that it had called for a meeting of ministers and national agencies responsible for regulation and food safety to discuss the impact of the egg contamination scare.

"All of the food businesses concerned have been contacted and any remaining products removed from sale", the FSAI said. Further away in Hong Kong, the government's Centre for Food Safety also identified two samples of imported Dutch eggs containing excessive levels of fipronil and asked shops to remove the products.

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.

Around 85% of eggs consumed in Britain are laid in the UK.

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