Sunday, 6 August 2017

Belgium knew about contaminated eggs in June

Belgium has admitted it knew in June that eggs from Dutch farms might be contaminated with an insecticide - a month before the issue became public.

The information was not shared because of a fraud investigation, a spokeswoman for Belgium's food safety agency said.

Tests found the chemical fipronil, which can harm people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands, in Dutch eggs.

Supermarkets in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have removed potentially contaminated eggs.

"We have known since early June there was potentially a problem with fipronil in the poultry sector," spokeswoman Katrien Stragier told reporters.
"We immediately launched an investigation and we also informed the prosecutor because it was a matter of possible fraud," she added, without giving more details.

BBC     News.