Egg scandal: 'The real issue is criminal activity', says food safety body

Egg scandal: 'The real issue is criminal activity', says Institute for Global Food Safety

Some eggs are contaminated with the insecticide fipronil (Stock image)

Friday, August 11, 2017

The real issue in the egg scandal is criminal activity as a company has cheated food safety rules, according to the Institute for Global Food Safety.

The Food Standards Agency has said around 700,000 eggs are thought to have been sent to the UK from possibly contaminated Dutch farms. Many products have been recalled.

Professor Chris Elliott, director of the institute, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "This scandal has broken in Holland and Belgium and both those countries have fantastically good food safety standards. But the problem is here is a company has cheated, there’s fraud going on here."

Therefore the issue is "really about criminal activity and that is absolutely what happened during the horsemeat scandal as well."

Elliott explained that the issue with importing foods is that it "could have changed hands 20 times over a period of several months" so that means "there's so many potential things that could go wrong there."

Elliott advises that it's always best to try and buy local food as firstly "you’re supporting the local economy and secondly you’re buying food that has come through a very simple supply chain."

Listen to the full interview above