CONTAMINATED eggs being sold in Britain and YOU could have eaten some

France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal

France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal

Belgium's agriculture minister Denis Ducarme on Wednesday also weighed in on the situation, accusing Dutch authorities of failing to inform their counterparts in the European Union about the discovery of fipronil in some eggs last November.

The FSA says the new figure is 0.007% of the eggs eaten in the United Kingdom every year, so "it is very unlikely that there is any risk to public health".

Some of the products containing the eggs had a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, an FSA statement said.

It insisted the withdrawal was "not due to food safety concerns" but based on the fact that fipronil was not authorised for use in food producing animals.

The contaminated eggs were first exported from the Netherlands to companies in Germany, where they were processed.

Prosecution service spokesman Marieke van der Molen said raids had been conducted at locations in both countries linked to the company that allegedly used the pesticide, as well as potential suppliers.

But experts say the current food safety risk is not acute.

Dutch health authorities have denied that they knew about the issue in November. Officials in France, Sweden and Switzerland have also been informed of a risk to consumers.

The FSA is urgently investigating the distribution of these eggs in the United Kingdom and is working closely with the businesses that have received eggs from affected farms.

The French agriculture ministry said it had also ordered a national enquiry into the egg industry to check for the presence of fipronil, which is used in veterinary products to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks.

Despite the increase in affected eggs, the FSA stressed this still represented only 0.007% of the eggs consumed in the United Kingdom every year.

Millions of eggs are feared to have been tainted with traces of the "potentially harmful" pesticide Fipronil which the World Health Organisation says is moderately toxic and can cause organ damage if consumed in large quantities.

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