Fipronil - UK grocers pull food lines, Dutch make arrests

Tainted eggs scandal spreads to France

The agency added that the majority of these eggs will already have been consumed, but that sandwiches and salads with specific sell-by dates from Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, and Asda should not be eaten.

Nearly a dozen products known to contain those eggs have been recalled from sale as a precaution, though most will have already been consumed.

It said that any remaining egg products have been removed from sale and that the risk to Irish consumers is "very low".

If he is banned on animals intended for the food chain in the European Union, fipronil is commonly used against lice or ticks in pets. Britain, France, Sweden and Switzerland have also been warned to keep an eye out.

Farmers dispose of eggs after tests found Dutch eggs contaminated by fipronil.

FSA chairman Heather Hancock said she was "confident" that acting quickly was the right thing to do.

The FSA said as this represents 0.007% of the eggs we consume in the United Kingdom every year, there is unlikely to be 'any risk to public health from consuming these foods'.

The Dutch food safety authorities are now taking the cautionary measure of testing poultry meat produced at farms where both laying and broiler hens are raised, the food safety official revealed.

"FDF and its members are working closely with FSA to identify which products need to be withdrawn with immediate effect, due to the presence of Fipronil in the finished product".

Major supermarkets across the country are urgently recalling millions of fresh salads, sandwiches and fillers after the Food Standards Agency revealed that around 700,000 eggs linked to a contamination scare on European farms have been sent to the United Kingdom and may have already been eaten by British consumers. It is used to kill lice and ticks on animals.

Tests also found fipronil in eggs sold in Luxembourg supermarket chain Cactus, which had originally come from the Netherlands, while two Luxembourg suppliers of prepared meals, Caterman and Carnesa, said they had received cartons of liquid eggs from a contaminated source in Belgium.

The eggs originated in the Netherlands.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), fipronil can damage the liver, thyroid glands and kidneys if ingested in large amounts over time.

The investigation is being done by Dutch food safety authority NVWA's investigative department, on behalf of the Public Prosecutor.

The arrests came after coordinated raids with Belgian authorities at eight locations across The Netherlands with the assistance of Europe's policing and judicial agencies Europol and Eurojust.

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