As reported on Thursday there are millions of contaminated eggs being pulled off the shelves in Germany and now reports of 20 tonnes of such eggs being sold to Denmark have come in. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said in a statement that these eggs were mostly sold to catering firms, cafeterias and cafes.
These eggs which have come from Netherlands and some even from Germany and Belgium have been doused with fipronil and were supplied by a company called Chickfriend. Two arrests have been made after Dutch and Belgium authorities conducted joint raids. This insecticide if consumed in high quantities can cause damage to kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.
The Danish food administration have asked people to keep calm as they claim that eating the eggs bought by Danæg Products poses no risk in human consumption. “Samples analysed in the Netherlands show traces of fipronil in the eggs, but not as a health hazard,” the agency told BBC. “Because the content is illegal, Danæg Products must withdraw the eggs from their customers.”
The use of fipronil is banned in the European Union and a Belgian supplier, a Dutch company associated with the supplier, 26 people or companies in Belgium are under scrutiny, The prosecutors added, “They are suspected of putting public health in danger by supplying and using fipronil in pens containing egg-laying chickens.”
Denmark is known to be the tenth country who has been affected by the egg scandal with Romania and Luxembourg being the latest ones to report contaminated eggs. Romania has found one tonne of egg yolk which was contaminated by fipronil in a warehouse to the west of the country. In Germany however, these eggs were brought but never sold as being claimed by safety officials.