Two detained in Dutch tainted eggs investigation

France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal

The spiralling scandal also spread to an eighth country, Luxembourg, which announced that it too had found eggs containing the insecticide fipronil, which can be harmful to human health.

The agency added that the majority of these eggs will already have been consumed, but that sandwiches and salads with specific sell-by dates from Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, and Asda should not be eaten.

The scandal has spread across eight European countries so far with authorities ordering the destruction of millions of eggs and supermarkets in several nations removing eggs from their shelves.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said today that although some egg products were recalled from a handful of outlets back in June and early July, there is no cause for concern here.

85% of the eggs we consume in the United Kingdom are laid here.

There is no evidence any British eggs have been contaminated but testing on United Kingdom farms are underway.

FSA chairwoman Heather Hancock said: "I'm confident that acting quickly is the right thing to do".

Though no illnesses have been reported, prosecutors said there is evidence that public health has been threatened by "the delivery or application of the biocide Fipronil in poultry houses in the egg sector".

The scandal erupted last week when it was discovered that about 200 eggs producers in the Netherlands and Belgium were illegally using Fipronil on their chickens - which is against European Union law.

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However Rob van Lint added that, at the time, "there was not a single indication that Fipronil could also be in eggs".

"The Veterinary and Food Administration is following the issue closely, and can not exclude that further examination may uncover more imports of fipronil-tainted eggs or egg products to Denmark", it said.

The NVWA conceded that it received a tip-off in November a year ago but stressed there was "no evidence" of a food safety risk.

The British Egg Industry Council said: "British egg producers have reiterated the need for consumers and food producers to look for British Lion eggs and egg products following the FSA's announcement that some processed foods are being withdrawn from sale as they may have been made with non-UK eggs contaminated with Fipronil".

More than 180 Dutch chicken farms were closed amid follow-up examinations.

The likelihood of any related food illnesses from consuming contaminated products is very low.

Fipronil, which is found in eggs, is used to destroy fleas, lice, ticks and cockroaches. Warning systemBEIC chief executive Mark Williams said in the circular: "As you may be aware, almost 200 farms in the Netherlands have had restrictions imposed on them so they are not permitted to move eggs, manure and/or birds due to the use of DEGA-16". Scores of farms in the Netherlands and Belgium have been shut.

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, a spokeswoman of European Commission, notified Sweden and Switzerland to take measures for the contaminated eggs that may have entered their markets.

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