UK Shops Plan Mass Recall as More than 700,000 Items Implicated In Dutch Egg Scandal

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(qlmbusinessnews.com via ibtimes.co.uk – – Thur, 10 Aug, 2017) London, Uk – –

Around 700,000 eggs in the UK have been implicated in the European egg contamination scandal, the Food Standards Agency has revealed.

Earlier in the week, the FSA said that the number was only 21,000 but after further tests and inspections the number has been revised up significantly.

A number of products are affected including processed foods such as sandwich fillings which use eggs as well as other chilled products.

In a statement, the FSA said: “Investigations into the Fipronil incident in Europe continue. We have now established that more eggs from affected farms than previously identified came to the UK.

“It is very unlikely that these eggs pose a risk to public health, but as Fipronil is unauthorised for use in food-producing animals we have acted with urgency to ensure that consumers are protected.”

In large quantities, Fipronil is “moderately hazardous” according to the World Health Organisation with an impact on kidneys, liver and thyroids.

However the risk is deemed to be low according to the FSA, however the pesticide is banned for use in animals that produce food.

A number of products are affected including processed foods such as sandwich fillings which uses eggs as well as other chilled products.

In a statement, the FSA said: “Investigations into the Fipronil incident in Europe continue. We have now established that more eggs from affected farms than previously identified came to the UK.

“It is very unlikely that these eggs pose a risk to public health, but as Fipronil is unauthorised for use in food-producing animals we have acted with urgency to ensure that consumers are protected.”

In large quantities, Fipronil is “moderately hazardous” according to the World Health Organisation with an impact on kidneys, liver and thyroids.

However the risk is deemed to be low according to the FSA, however the pesticide is banned for use in animals that produce food.

By Jordan Bhatt