Date
17 December 2017
Samples of eggs imported from the Netherlands were found to have exceeded the local legal limits for Fipronil, a highly toxic pest control chemical. Photo: Reuters
Samples of eggs imported from the Netherlands were found to have exceeded the local legal limits for Fipronil, a highly toxic pest control chemical. Photo: Reuters

Govt steps up inspection of eggs imported from European Union

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) said it will tighten the inspection of poultry eggs from the European Union after samples of eggs imported from the region were found to have unsafe levels of insecticide, hk01.com reports.

The food scandal first broke out when two samples of eggs imported from the Netherlands were found to have exceeded the legal limits for Fipronil, a highly toxic pest control chemical that is banned from local food production.

A spokesperson said the CFS has expanded the list of egg imports required for testing to cover all eggs coming from Europe, including those from France, Belgium and Germany, noting that other cases of contamination have been reported aside from the problematic batch from the Netherlands.

On the center’s order, importers have since recalled the eggs from EU countries, which will be destroyed at landfill sites under the supervision of the authorities.

According to the CFS, the amount of pesticides found in the eggs will not cause any long-term problems if they are cooked and consumed under normal circumstances.

The CFS said less than 2 percent of the eggs imported in the first six months of the year were from EU countries.

All of the around 1,250 egg samples tested by the CFS between 2014 and June this year were found to have passed relevant inspections.

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