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Two Suspects Detained in Dutch Eggs Investigation

11 August 2017

Romanian authorities said on Thursday that one tonne of liquid egg yolk contaminated with fipronil had been found in a warehouse in the west of the country. They had arrived in the western city of Timisoara from Germany.

The scandal has proven to be far-reaching, with poisonous eggs being found in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden.

Millions of eggs have been destroyed so far due to Fipronil contamination.

But despite millions of eggs being recalled across eight European countries over the past week, there doesn't seem to be a threat here in Ireland. Part of the batch had been returned to the supplier, while the remainder had been used to prepare minced meat and pâté products.

Eggs are packed to be sold at a poultry farm in Wortel near Antwerp, Belgium August 8, 2017.

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The FSAI said it would continue to trace any distribution in Ireland.

The company - named as Chickfriend by local media - allegedly used fipronil at poultry farms, prosecutors in the Netherlands said.

The FSAI said all of the food businesses concerned have been contacted and any remaining products have been removed from sale.

It insisted there is "no need" for people to stop eating eggs.

Meanwhile British authorities said that around 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in the scandal had been distributed in Britain, just days after saying the number was only 21,000. These would likely be mixed with other eggs that were not from affected farms, making "Fipronil residues highly diluted", the FSA said.

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More than half a million contaminated eggs have been distributed to the United Kingdom from Dutch farms. No amount of that bunch was sold on the Romanian market.

Dutch police have arrested two suspects after a scare over use of the insecticide fiproni, according to the Dutch prosecution service.

The Netherlands' public prosecutors' office said today that it had arrested two directors of the Dutch business under investigation for selling a fipronil treatment.

'This is just the latest of a number of food safety issues connected to eggs produced outside of the United Kingdom in recent years.

The German supermarket giant Aldi was the first major supermarket to pull all its eggs from shelves in July.

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The news comes as investigators carried out coordinated raids linked to the Fipronil probe in Belgium and the Netherlands. She did not provide details on which companies or individuals were targeted. In one case the concentration was so high that Dutch authorities warned against "acute danger" to consumers of the affected eggs. It is thought that almost three million eggs from companies affected by the fipronil treatment were delivered to Germany before July 22.

Two Suspects Detained in Dutch Eggs Investigation