Major supermarkets withdraw products in egg scare

14 August 2017 - Janet Bird

supermarket egg production

A number of British supermarkets have withdrawn products amid fears they may have been contaminated by eggs imported from the Netherlands that were exposed to an illegal pesticide.

Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Waitrose confirmed a number of products have been recalled, including sandwiches, deli fillers and pre-prepared salads.

Around 700,000 eggs imported from Dutch farms are believed to have been exposed to the pesticide Fipronil.

According to the US National Pesticide Information Centre, consumption of Fipronil can cause head and stomach pain, sweating, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and seizures.

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), however, reassured consumers it was "very unlikely" the eggs posed a risk to the public, particularly it is believed the contaminated eggs have only been used in cooked food products.

The contamination scandal has led to British egg processors criticising the buying policies of UK supermarkets, accusing them of double standards for stocking British Lion shell eggs, but using imported eggs in many other foods.

Around 85 percent of eggs eaten in Britain are produced here, but that still means two billion eggs are imported each year.

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