Dutch farmers cry 'fowl' as eggs poisoned by insecticide

03 Août, 2017, 22:28 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • GETTYOfficials believe the dangerous eggs could have been sold for more than a year

"All the eggs of these 14 kinds have been sent back to the depot and destroyed", company spokeswoman Els van Dijk told AFP.

An association of Dutch poultry farmers also sought to reassure consumers and criticized the sales ban on Dutch eggs in German supermarkets.

It was "an unprecedented" situation for Albert Heijn, she added, saying instructions of the Dutch food authority (NVWA) were being followed.

It added that about a million eggs being transported to Germany had been recalled from the border with the Netherlands.

The Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported that the illegal mixture was used on farms in the Netherlands.

"All Dutch eggs that are reaching markets now are guaranteed free of fipronil", Eric Hubers, the association's chairman, said Thursday on Dutch radio.

Dutch poultry plants affected by the contamination had reportedly used an anti-lice agent that had fipronil as an additive, even though the insecticide is banned from being used on animals bound for human consumption.

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.

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Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt called a "crisis teleconference" with his counterparts in German states where the insecticide, fipronil, was detected in eggs.

It is believed the substance was introduced to poultry farms by a Dutch business, named Chickfriend, which was called in to treat red lice, a nasty parasite in chickens.

Millions of eggs have been recalled in Belgium and the Netherlands over the past few days after they were found to contain high levels of the insecticide fipronil.

Belgium's federal food chain security agency (AFSCA) said it too has launched an investigation in cooperation with prosecutors. Others were said to be mainly unsafe for children to eat in larger quantities.

The test results are chicken manure, blood and eggs demonstrated a high level of insecticide fipronil.

In large quantities, fipronil, is considered to be "moderately hazardous" according to the World Health Organisation, and can have unsafe affects on people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.

Facing the prospect of huge losses, poultry farmers have turned on the companies implicated.

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