German supermarket chain stops selling eggs following Dutch pesticide scandal


Eggs from another 59 farms contained high enough levels of the insecticide, fipronil, that the food authority warned they should not be eaten by children. Fipronil is banned in products for treating animals like chickens that are part of the human food chain.

A European commission spokeswoman, Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, told reporters in Brussels: "The eggs are blocked".

The move was a "purely pre-cautionary" reaction to Thursday's revelations that eggs from Dutch poultry producers had been contaminated with the poisonous pesticide Fipronil.

Belgian food authorities say suspect eggs have been destroyed and there is no danger to public health given the small amounts of the pesticide that might have entered any eggs that reached the market.

The origin of the case, the breeders of poultry in the netherlands have appealed to Chickfriend, a company specialized to eradicate the proliferation of sea lice red, a parasite that is very harmful for the chickens.

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has estimated that 12 states in the country are affected by contaminated eggs.

A spokeswoman for Aldi UK told the BBC its eggs were all British and were not affected by the contamination.

Millions of eggs recalled from stores and warehouses in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium after it was discovered they exceeded the level of toxic insecticides.

In 2016, the netherlands has produced 10 billion eggs, and 7 million are daily consumed, according to the Dutch newspaper AD.

German officials are also investigating reports that the contaminated product had been delivered directly to German poultry farms in the Lower Saxony region, which then sold their eggs in other parts of the country.

The Ministry urged the concerned departments not to provide import permits for eggs from the Netherlands if they carry the codes listed on the NVWA website.

Belgium's federal food chain security agency (AFSCA) has also launched a criminal investigation in cooperation with prosecutors. The British Egg Industry Council told "We are not aware of this product being used in the United Kingdom, and we are not aware of any eggs in the United Kingdom being affected by this product".

Aldi emphasized that in the future it would only accept eggs which were confirmed to have been tested negative for Fipronil.

According to the world health organization, if a highly toxic substance to use for a long time in large quantities, it may cause damage to liver, thyroid and kidneys.