700k contaminated eggs have been sold in the UK

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On Monday the European commission said British food safety authorities were alerted over the weekend that eggs imported from Germany could be unsafe. The remaining minced meat has been destroyed.

"The safety and authenticity of our products is of paramount importance for the United Kingdom food and drink industry and FDF".

In the United Kingdom, numerous fipronil-contaminated eggs imported from the Netherlands were mixed with other, safe eggs, the FSA said.

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.

"We want to ensure that we can establish better control and transparency reports with our partners, because the batches of tainted egg come from both the Netherlands and Belgium", Travert said. But they say the number is a tiny fraction of the eggs consumed each year in the country.

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.

"Many of the eggs involved were mixed with other eggs which have not come from affected farms, so fipronil residues will be highly diluted", said the agency, referring to the insecticide which was first found in Dutch eggs.

Meanwhile British authorities said that around 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in the scandal had been distributed in Britain, just days after saying the number was only 21,000.

Any potentially-contaminated eggs or egg products still on store shelves are being withdrawn, officials said.

Today Dutch and Belgian police conducted raids as part of an investigation into the use of a harmful pesticide in the poultry industry, the Dutch prosecution service said.

He said, "nearly 6,000 litres of prohibited products" -of fipronil according to the media- were seized in July in a belgian company.

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves in Germany as well as Belgium and the Netherlands.

Questions have been raised as to how long the Belgian food safety authorities knew of the contamination before they alerted the European Commission.

A joint press statement from Luxembourg's agriculture and health ministries published Wednesday 9 August announced that routine test results received the same day from eggs sold in Cactus were found to contain traces of the insecticide. However, no cases have been reported of people falling sick.

A spokesman of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel confirmed Thursday that Belgium will set up a task force to examine all possible measures to support the poultry sector following the insecticide-contaminated egg scandal.

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