Europe’s egg crisis: Seven nations now impacted by contaminated Dutch produce

THE crisis over eggs contaminated with a harmful chemical has spread across some seven European countries, Brussels has said today.

 The scandal of high levels of fipronil - a banned insecticide for use on farm animals - being discovered in batches of eggs originating from a company in Belgium may be worse than originally feared.

 European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said that the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany warned other countries through the European Union’s food-safety alert system that they may have exported contaminated eggs to them.

 A Belgian company is currently being investigated over the substance.

 The Belgium government is especially worried as the current crisis has echoes of the dioxin scare in 1999 which eventually brought down the government.

 The country launched an investigation in June but did not report the issue to the European Commission until the following month.

 An emergency session of the country’s ministers will sit in parliament on Wednesday to examine its food safety measures.

 In 1999, toxic dioxins entered the food chain via animal feed from and oil and fat recycling company Vetsmelter Verkest.

 Heath authorities sat on the information for months, leading to accusations of a cover-up.

 The scandal cost several ministers their jobs and lead to panic amongst shoppers.


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