Supermarkets remove egg products from shelves as scare grows

Supermarkets remove egg products from shelves as scare grows

A number of eggs (stock photo) are thought to be contaminated with Fibronil

Friday, August 11, 2017

A number of supermarkets have removed products containing egg and its traces from their shelves as the contamination scare continues.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said roughly 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms are believed to have been a part of the scare, where the insecticide Fibronil is thought to have contaminated produce.

The number was first estimated to have been 21,000 by the watchdog. Now, however, the FSA has admitted the scale of the issue is higher than was previously thought.

In response to this, Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have taken a total of 11 products off the shelves.

The FSA said investigations into the incident led it to conclude it was "very unlikely" the eggs posed a risk to public health.

Meanwhile, Dutch investigators have arrested two men suspected of having illegally used the insecticide at poultry farms.

Eggs potentially contaminated with Fibronil have appeared in several other European countries, like Denmark and Romania.