Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Six German states recalls contaminated Dutch eggs in fipronil scare


Six German states have been told to pull some 73,000 eggs from sale after residue was detected from an insecticide called fipronil.

Agriculture officials in Lower Saxony said the eggs had come from an organic farm in the Netherlands and insisted there was no risk to human health.

Fipronil gets rid of lice but the EU bans it on animals such as chickens.

Last year millions of eggs were pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe because of a fipronil scare.

Officials said they had now detected traces of the insecticide in samples from a packaging depot in the German town of Vechta.
The residue was above the permitted EU level of 0.005mg per kg, but it was "well below a rate that would constitute a risk to health", they said (in German). The highest test showed a level of 0.019mg/kg.

The eggs came from an organic hen farm and were delivered between 17 May and 4 June.

The source of the latest discovery is still being investigated. A second round of tests has been conducted and the results are expected later this week.

BBC      News.

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