Update: Eggs contaminated with toxic insecticide have been discovered in far more places than previously reported. Many contaminated eggs have already entered the food chain, mainly through processed products such as biscuits, cakes and salads…
Contaminated eggs containing the insecticide fipronil have now been discovered in 40 countries, including 24 of the European Union’s 28 member states*. Additionally, the non-EU states in which contaminated eggs have been discovered include the United States, Russia, South Africa and Turkey.
Fipronil is considered moderately toxic and can cause organ damage in humans.
*The European Commission confirmed that the only EU member states so far unaffected are Lithuania, Portugal, Cyprus and Croatia.
Consumers in the Netherlands, Brussels, Germany and Austria* are on alert for a specific brand of eggs (stamped “2-DE-1”) in which the insecticide ‘Fipronil’ has been detected. Some grocery store chains have pulled all eggs coming in from the Netherlands, the source of the toxic contamination…
“Fipronil is considered by the World Health Organization to be moderately toxic, with high doses leading to feelings of nausea and dizziness. Very large quantities can cause damage to the kidneys, liver and lymph glands.” (source)
Batches of possibly contaminated eggs from the Netherlands and Germany had also been shipped to Sweden, Switzerland, France and Britain, and Austria finds some egg products contaminated with insecticide
Investigators suspect the chemical may have gotten into eggs through a contaminated detergent against mites called Dega 16 that is used to clean barns, and criminal investigations have been launched in both Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter after the United States…