Contaminated eggs found in parts of Europe, EU Commissioner calls for a summit
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 11-Aug-2017
Brussels, August 11: Tensions have risen between agricultural ministers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany after traces of moderately toxic insecticide fipronil were found in batches of eggs. The European Commissioner charged with food safety has called for a meeting of ministers to discuss the fallout of an eggs contamination scare that has led to finger pointing between several European Union members.
While initially the Belgian food safety regulator drew criticism from abroad for not acting fast enough after being made aware of fipronil contamination, Belgium's agriculture minister on Wednesday said it was the Dutch who were too slow to respond to inquiries.
Fipronil is widely used to treat pets for ticks and fleas but its use in the food chain, for example to clean out barns, is forbidden.
"Blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere and I want to stop this," EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. He asked everyone to gather before the end of September, along with the various national food safety agency representatives.
"We need to work together to draw lessons learnt and move forward instead of losing energy on finger pointing," he said.
Millions of eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves, though some national regulators have voiced concern that many contaminated eggs have entered the food chain, mainly through processed products such as biscuits and cakes.
While a large amount of contaminated eggs would need to be eaten to show negative health effects, fipronil is considered moderately toxic and can cause organ damage in humans.