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Fipronil – EU says worst is over but food safety to be tightened up

A meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Estonia yesterday to discuss the fipronil contaminated eggs crisis suggested the outbreak has now been mostly contained.

Following the meeting, EU Health and Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitas, said: “Today, I heard detailed explanations from the ministers; it is confirmed that all suspected farms have been blocked and contaminated eggs and egg products are being destroyed.”

He added: “The impact of the illegal use of this product {the insecticide fipronil} on laying hens has reached an EU-wide dimension with today hundreds of farms blocked for production, 26 Member States and 19 Third Countries involved.”

Fipronil eggs contamination crisis coming under control, says EU

Andriukaitas conceded work still needs to be done.

Fact-finding missions to the most affected member states are scheduled in late September/early October and a ‘high level’ ministerial meeting is to be held in Brussels on 26 September.

“We’ll discuss how to strengthen the way the EU networks are dealing with food safety and food fraud function,” Andriukaitas said.

The contamination has been traced back to a supplier of cleaning products in the Netherlands. Two Dutch men who ran the services company Chickfriend have been arrested.

Fipronil is widely used to treat pets for ticks and fleas but its use in the food chain is forbidden. It can cause organ damage in humans, if consumed in a large enough quantity.

Source: Just Food

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