Dutch police arrest 2 suspects over egg scandal

France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal

Around 700,000 imported eggs contaminated with a mildly toxic insecticide are now thought to have been used in processed products in the United Kingdom, with several retailers pulling affected stock from their shelves.

The EU countries that have received the eggs are the UK, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark - along with non-EU Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

Around 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in the Fipronil contamination scare have been distributed to Britain, rather than the 21,000 first estimated, the watchdog said. The risk to consumer health is very low.

"We have now established that more eggs from affected farms than previously identified came to the United Kingdom", the Food Standards Agency said in a statement, raising its estimate to 700,000 from 21,000.

With the contaminated eggs starting to surface in countries across Europe, Dutch and Belgian officials are facing growing questions about how the scandal started and whether the public has been kept fully aware.

'Supermarkets Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Waitrose are all urgently withdrawing millions of fresh salads, sandwiches and fillers which contain the infected eggs, ' the Telegraph writes.

The scandal, which was evident last week with the withdrawal of millions of eggs to supermarkets Dutch and germans, had been brewing for several months. Those were sold mostly to cafes and caterers, it said. Fipronil is used to kill insects such as mites and is banned from use on animals in the human food chain.

The FSA said the 700,000 figure represented 0.007% of eggs eaten in the United Kingdom each year.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public health.

Van der Molen says the Dutch raids on Thursday are part of a joint action with Belgian authorities.

Farmers in the Netherlands - one of Europe's biggest egg exporters - and Belgium have previously identified Chickfriend as the company that they hired to treat their chickens to eradicate the parasite red lice.

But on Wednesday, Belgian Agricultural Minister Denis Ducarme said that Dutch authorities knew about the contamination as far back as November, but hadn't taken the proper measures to report the issue to European Union trading states.

So far though no one has been reported as falling sick due to eating contaminated eggs.

The move came as Dutch investigators detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of the pesticide at poultry farms.



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