'Why are you so slow?' Brussels regulator DENOUNCED over contaminated eggs

Britain, France, Sweden and Switzerland have also been warned to keep an eye out for tainted eggs.

About 700,000 eggs have been sent to the United Kingdom from potentially contaminated Dutch farms, up from an early estimate of 21,000, the food watchdog has said.

The European Commissioner in charge of food safety called Friday for an emergency meeting of ministers to discuss eggs contamination, appealing for an end to finger-pointing among member states over the scandal.

Dozens of farms are being checked in the Netherlands, while Belgium's food safety agency is probing how Fipronil might have entered eggs destined for supermarkets.

The World Health Organization considers fipronil to be moderately toxic and it says very large quantities can cause organ damage.

Britain produces 85% of the eggs it consumes but imports nearly two billion annually.

It believes most of the contaminated eggs were used in processed foods in which egg is one ingredient among many others, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other chilled foods. A number of eggs and egg-related products such as salads, quiches and sandwiches have already been withdrawn from major United Kingdom supermarkets. While in some European countries eggs containing Fipronil residues have been sold as fresh eggs, in the United Kingdom this is not the case.

Fipronil is a popular insecticide to treat pets for fleas and ticks but it is forbidden for use in the food chain.

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An Aldi UK spokesman said: "There's no impact on Aldi in the UK, and all Aldi UK's eggs are 100 per cent British".

The agency added that it is "unlikely" the eggs pose a risk to public health.

The use of fipronil is banned in the European Union and a Belgian supplier, a Dutch company associated with the supplier, 26 people or companies in Belgium are under scrutiny, The prosecutors added, "They are suspected of putting public health in danger by supplying and using fipronil in pens containing egg-laying chickens".

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe but no illnesses have been reported.

It added: "While in some European countries eggs containing fipronil residues have been sold as fresh eggs, in the United Kingdom this is not the case".

However, ChickFriend, a Dutch company, is under investigation for buying the product and treating poultry farms in both Belgium and the Netherlands, according to numerous media reports.

Dutch and Belgian authorities are carrying out raids as part of a criminal investigation into the illegal use of pesticide at poultry farms.

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