Supermarkets urgently recall products amid contaminated egg scare

Supermarkets urgently recall products amid contaminated egg scare

The others are Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Denmark and non-EU member Switzerland.

An estimated five billion eggs are sold each year to Germany alone, according to a poultry farming union in the Netherlands.

The insecticide can damage people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if eaten in large quantities.

British Lion Code eggs have been tested by the Food Standards Agency and have proven to be perfectly safe.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public health.

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

"Blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere and I want to stop this", Mr Andriukaitis, the Lithuanian commissioner, said.

With questions growing about how the contamination happened and whether consumers have been kept in the dark, pressure has grown on the two countries at the centre of the scandal-the Netherlands and Belgium.

Authorities conducted raids at locations in both countries on Thursday as part of the investigation into the company that allegedly used the pesticide, as well as potential suppliers.

"We would like this meeting to happen with some distance to the events and have as many facts established as possible", European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told a press conference.

In the Netherlands and Belgium, the countries at the epicentre of the scare, authorities said they carried out coordinated searches at several premises linked to a fraud probe about how fipronil got into the food chain.

Dutch and Belgian police have been investigating reports of contamination in their jurisdictions while some supermarkets in Germany withdrew stocks of eggs earlier this month.

Addressing complaints about imported eggs being used in its products, a Waitrose spokesperson claimed the supermarket uses the imported items "sometimes" when it is unable to source UK-produced ones.

The ministry, in response to a query from the Greens party, also cited growing concerns about processed foods that might contain contaminated eggs, and said data received from the Dutch and Belgian governments had been "insufficient", the paper said.

At least 11 European states have recalled eggs from their grocery stores after a scandal broke out around risky fipronil insecticide contamination, a source in the European Commission told Sputnik on Friday.

Though no illnesses have been reported, prosecutors said there is evidence that public health has been threatened by "the delivery or application of the biocide Fipronil in poultry houses in the egg sector".