Insecticide Scandal Hammers European Egg Industry


Fipronil is a broad-spectrum insecticide used to treat lice, fleas and ticks, and in large quantities, it can cause liver, kidney and thyroid gland damage.

Andriukaitis said he hoped to convene a meeting before the end of September of the ministers concerned, along with various national food safety agency representatives.

The Veterinary and Food Administration says the pesticide wasn't in "a strength that is harmful". "European authorities are now uncovering details regarding the case", the Ministry said.

She said the EU's "priority remains to manage the situation, to continue to coordinate and to reassure our citizens". European Union trade and agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario said Friday that farms have also been blocked in France and Germany. Goods sold in Hong Kong are also understood to have been affected. Rosario said the others are Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Denmark and non-EU member Switzerland.

France will publish "in the next few days" a list of Fipronil-contaminated products amid a European food scare, Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said on Tuesday.

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The Germany Federal Ministry for Agriculture had previously estimated that only around 10.7 million Fipronil eggs entered the country from the Netherlands.

Millions of eggs and tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed because of the scandal.

Travert said it was "probable" that products affected by the insecticide were still on sale, with 14 businesses and 40 "greengrocers" identified as having imported over 50 tons of eggs and egg-based products at risk of being contaminated.

On the center's order, importers have since recalled the eggs from European Union countries, which will be destroyed at landfill sites under the supervision of the authorities.