Millions of eggs have been removed from shelves in the Netherlands and Germany over concerns that products have been contaminated with fipronil.
Fipronil is a toxic insecticide that is banned from use in the production of food for human consumption, but is a common ingredient in veterinary products for treating fleas, lice, and ticks.
Around 180 farms in the Netherlands have been temporarily shut down and a criminal investigation has been launched to establish the scale of the issue, according to the Guardian.
The Dutch food and welfare authority, Nederlandse Voedsel en Warenautoriteit, has issued a list of contaminated eggs. The authority warned consumers that one batch of eggs “had such elevated levels of fipronil that their consumption would present a serious public health risk".
De Volkskrant reports that Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has removed fourteen egg products from its supermarkets, while Jumbo has also removed an un-reported number.
"The Rewe Group will not sell eggs from the Netherlands until they are demonstrably free of fipronil," said Dr Klaus Mayer, head of Rewe Group quality management.
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