Eggs containing pesticides found in 17 countries

Europe egg contamination

The scandal has also spread beyond Europe as tainted eggs have been found in Hong Kong as well.

However, the centre said that no eggs originally found by the commission as not fit for human consumption were imported into Hong Kong. The EU bans the use of fipronil in the food industry.

Millions of eggs have been destroyed or pulled from supermarket shelves since July 20, when it was made public that the pesticide Fipronil, which is risky to human health, was found mixed with another treatment sprayed on chickens for ticks, fleas and lice, known as Dega 16. Products in British supermarkets were removed on Thursday after it was discovered that the initial Food Standards Agency claim that 21,000 contaminated eggs had hit the United Kingdom was a major underestimate.

But the insecticide can damage people's kidneys and livers if eaten in large quantities.

European Union countries that received tainted eggs also included Britain, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Denmark.

Eggs containing pesticides found in 17 countries
Eggs containing pesticides found in 17 countries

Fifteen EU countries as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong are said to have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, according to the European Commission.

Millions of eggs and egg-based products have been pulled from European supermarkets since August 1 and there are growing questions about who knew what, and when.

The BBC reported that there have been two arrests in connection with the scandal, after raids in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Its competitor, Wellcome, went further and claimed its customers could obtain a refund on the purchase of eggs from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

"Customers can bring the product along with the receipt to the store for either a merchandise exchange or refund when they have queries about the products purchased", he added.

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