Around 700,000+ eggs from Dutch farms linked to a contamination scare have been sent to the UK, far more than the 21,000 first estimated.
The Food Standards Agency said that products affected in the UK were likely to be processed foods that contained eggs among other ingredients.
THE PRODUCTS BEING WITHDRAWN ARE:
:: By Sainsbury’s Ham and Egg Salad 240g – use by date August 9-14
:: By Sainsbury’s Potato and Egg Salad 300g – August 9-14
:: Morrison’s Potato and Egg Salad 250g – August 13
:: Morrisons Egg and Cress Sandwich – sold in Morrisons Cafe only – August 11
:: Morrisons Cafe Sandwich Selection – sold in Morrisons Cafe only – August 11
:: Waitrose Free Range Egg Mayonnaise 240g – August 13
:: Waitrose Free Range Reduced Fat Egg Mayonnaise 170g – August 14
:: Waitrose Free Range Egg and Bacon 170g – August 14
:: Waitrose Free Range Egg and Bacon 170g – August 16
:: Waitrose Free Range Egg Mayonnaise 240g – August 16
:: Asda Baby potato and free range egg salad – August 9-14
:: Asda Spinach and free range egg snack pot – August 9-14
:: Asda FTG Ham and Cheddar ploughman’s salad bowl – August 9-13
It said investigations indicated it was “very unlikely” that the eggs posed a risk to public health.
Some of the products containing the eggs had a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, an FSA statement said. However, other foods were still within the expiry date and are now being withdrawn from sale.
The eggs come from farms implicated in the use of fipronil, used in veterinary products to treat things like ticks and fleas.
The FSA said the chemical was “very unlikely” to pose a risk to public health, but as it was unauthorised for use in food producing animals it had “acted with urgency” to ensure consumer protection.
The World Health Organisation considers the insecticide to be “moderately hazardous” and says it can have dangerous effects on the the liver, kidneys and thyroid glands.
The news comes as investigators carried out coordinated raids linked to the fipronil probe in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Dutch authorities on Thursday arrested two men as part of their investigation into the tainted eggs.
A day earlier Belgium accused the Netherlands of knowing about the potential problems and failing to sound the alarm.
But Belgian officials have also admitted they were notified of a problem and failed to trigger the EU’s international food safety alert system.
A Dutch farming organisation has said that several million hens may need to be culled across 150 companies in the country, and that 300,000 have already been killed.
In Germany and Holland supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have already taken millions of eggs off their shelves, in what Aldi said was a “purely precautionary” measure.
Britain produces 85% of the eggs it consumes, but imports approximately two billion each year.
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