Outlook 2017/3

Thursday, June 15, 2017

European discussion about contaminated eggs

Until August 18, it had been announced by fifteen EU member states and two non-EU countries that eggs contaminated with insecticides had been found: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, as well as China and Switzerland.
The insecticide Fipronil is used in veterinary medi¬cine for animals not used for human consump¬tion (dogs, cats) for the control of blood-sucking parasites. For the time being, it is unclear why the drug was mixed in the disinfectant used at Dutch egg farms.
Because of the con¬taminated eggs, a sum¬mit was called together by the European Com¬mission to dispel ac¬cusations between the countries involved and to discuss possibili¬ties for normalizing the situation – announced that day Vytenis Andri¬ukaitis European Com¬missioner responsible for Health and Food Safety.


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