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Eggs containing pesticides found in 17 countries

13 August 2017

Andriukaitis urged the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany - the countries at the epicentre of the crisis - to stop trading accusations about who is responsible for the scare.

Experts say the health risk from eating fipronil is low. Rosario said the others are Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Denmark and Switzerland. Heavy and prolonged exposure can damage the kidneys and liver or cause seizures.

BRUSSELS (AP) - EU officials say 15 countries including Hong Kong have reported receiving contaminated eggs or egg products in a growing food scandal. Products in British supermarkets were removed on Thursday after it was discovered that the initial Food Standards Agency claim that 21,000 contaminated eggs had hit the United Kingdom was a major underestimate.

The scandal has caused major political fallout, with neighbours Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany squabbling over who is to blame, and who knew what and when. Ministers and regulators are gathering on September 26 to discuss ways to prevent similar scandals in the future.

In France, Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said that tests on imported eggs contaminated with pesticide show no risk to public health.

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Samples of eggs on sale in Hong Kong have been found to be tainted with unsafe levels of insecticide as a contamination that began in the Netherlands continues to spread.

"Because the content is illegal, Danæg Products must withdraw the eggs from their customers".

"Information needs to be shared between (EU) member states without delay".

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is "very concerned about" the matter and has implemented measures to deal with problematic eggs, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan told the media.

He said the eggs would either be destroyed or returned to the producer.

Eggs containing pesticides found in 17 countries