18-Aug-2017
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Eggs contaminated with ‘potentially harmful’ pesticide being sold in UK

LONDON Aug 8: Eggs contaminated with the ‘potentially harmful’ pesticide fipronil have been distributed in the UK, after warnings from the EU sparked panic across the continent.
 
Aldi and Lidl stores in Germany have already taken millions of eggs off shelves amid fears they are tainted with traces of the pesticide Fipronil.
 
EU bodies immediately notified food safety authorities in Britain, France, Sweden and Switzerland after it emerged that eggs contaminated with the insecticide may have entered their territories.
 
Supermarket giant Aldi said it was a ‘purely precautionary’ measure and added that eggs sold in its UK stores were produced in Britain.
 
The Food Standards Agency has reassured buyers that the actual number of eggs sprayed with the insecticide in the UK is ‘very small’.
 
And the risk to public health is reportedly ‘very low’, the FSA added, although the World Health Organisation warns that the pesticide is moderately toxic.
 
The European Commission said on Monday that Germany and the Netherlands notified the EU’s food safety alert system on the weekend.
 
Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said the aim was ‘to share the information so that everybody knows that it’s now also up to the Swedish, Swiss, French and to the UK national authorities to check’. - Metro News