Up to fifteen European countries and Hong Kong have been affected by a major health scare, after batches of eggs were found to be contaminated with the banned insecticide fipronil.
The tainted produce originated mostly in the Netherlands -Europe’s larger exporter of eggs-, where hundreds of farms have now been temporarily shut down as a precaution.
Fipronil is commonly used as a flea-control agent, as well as a wide range of pests
The countries that are thought to have received the eggs are the UK, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark, along with Hong Kong.
Because fipronil is a banned substance in the human food chain, a criminal investigation is underway.
Nevertheless, authorities say that people ‘should still eat eggs’.