Crisis with contaminated eggs found sure seventeen countries
The eiercrisis with fipronil-contaminated eggs found at least fifteen countries in the European Union (EU), hong Kong and Switzerland.
This is reported in the European Commission (EC) Friday at a press conference.
In addition to Belgium and the Netherlands, where the crisis originated, in the EU, also to Germany, France, Sweden, Great Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark. Outside the EU Switzerland and hong Kong have problems with eggs.
Earlier in the day, it became known that the EC-a summit on the eiercrisis with the relevant ministers for food safety in the countries concerned. EU commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in a statement the mutual quarrels and accusations, to want to end.
He hopes to have a meeting as soon as possible must take place, but in any case before the end of september. It would except members of the regulators also have to participate.
Friday afternoon brought the French ministry of Agriculture that in France almost a quarter of a million with fipronil-contaminated eggs are sold. A large part of it is probably already eaten up. The ministry stressed that there are minimal health risks have been observed.
The eggs come from Belgium and the Netherlands. The ministry has the part that is still in the shelves was immediately removed. Farms where poultry around the places where egg products are made, will be in the next few days to a meticulous examination.
Last week, France as a precaution, started an investigation to fipronil in eggs on the French market. Previously it was a pluimveebdrijf in the northern department of Pas-de-Calais, under supervision, after the on July 28 announced that the company is able fipronil is used.
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The two directors of the company Chickfriend who have been arrested in the criminal investigation to the eierenschandaal, sit still. If the Public Prosecutor they longer want to keep, they should Monday be presented to the supervisory judge. Who can decide whether the remand should be extended.
The two men from the municipalities of Barneveld Zaltbommel are suspected of endangering the public health by the supply or application of the means of fipronil in barns with hens. In addition, they are suspected of possession of a prohibited substance.
The two were Thursday arrested by the information and tracing service of the Dutch Food and consumer product safety Authority (NVWA), under the leadership of the Public prosecution service (OM). Eight locations in the Netherlands were searched, including the homes of the two arrested men. Also in Belgium are searches.
The Dutch research focuses on Chickfriend, the company that fipronil presumably applied, the Belgian supplier Poultry-Vision and a company from the Netherlands that probably worked with the Belgian supplier.
Background: What we know so far about the contaminated eggs