Supermarket Egg Sandwiches And Salads Are Being Recalled Over A Contamination Scare

Belgium Agriculture Minister Denis Ducharme

Previously, the agency had believed only 21,000 potentially contaminated eggs had made it to the UK.

Dutch investigators confirmed they had arrested two managers from farms allegedly using fipronil.

The number of egg or egg products imported is very small.

The Korea Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will analyze the products over the next three months and look for signs of contamination with the insecticide Fipronil.

But on Wednesday, Belgian Agricultural Minister Denis Ducarme said that Dutch authorities knew about the contamination as far back as November, but hadn't taken the proper measures to report the issue to European Union trading states. It did not name the company directly, however.

Dutch authorities on Thursday arrested two men as part of their investigation into the tainted eggs.

In the Netherlands, investigators seized the suspects' bank assets and real estate "because crime can not be rewarded", they said.

In large quantities, fipronil is an insecticide considered to be "moderately toxic" to humans by the World Health Organization (WHO).

However, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) says the eggs are "unlikely" to be a risk to public health when consumed in low doses.

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Romania has found one tonne of egg yolk which was contaminated by fipronil in a warehouse to the west of the country.

Testing of British eggs has found no evidence of fipronil.

"We can confirm that they are eggs that hail from one of the infected farms in the Netherlands", Nikolas Kühn Hove, a spokesperson for Fødevarestyrelsen, told TV2 News.

Millions of eggs have already been pulled from supermarket shelves in Europe as a result of the scare, while hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands.

Belgian authorities admitted that a farm alerted them to possible contamination in June - several weeks before the scare became public knowledge - but they thought it was an isolated case.

"Many of the eggs involved were mixed with other eggs which have not come from affected farms so Fipronil residues will be highly diluted".

Supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany also withdrew millions of eggs from sale.

Foods containing eggs have been recalled by Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons.

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