Hanover / Wiesbaden / Utrecht - Eggs from the Netherlands contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil have reached Hesse. "We can confirm that," said spokesman for the Hessian today. How many eggs went to the Hessian trade is still unclear. One hopes for further knowledge in the course of the day. According to the authorities, there is currently no health risk for consumers.
73,000 eggs were delivered to six federal states via packing station in Lower Saxony. As the competent Lower Saxony announced, second independent investigation is initially required according to the law in order to be able to publish both the affected packing center in the district of Vechta and the corresponding batch numbers. Consumers in the federal states of Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Bavaria, Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia affected by the egg deliveries can then check whether they have possibly contaminated eggs in the refrigerator.
The return of the eggs from the shops has already been initiated. It was not yet clear which supermarkets would be affected. The monitoring authorities controlled the withdrawal, said ministry spokeswoman from Lower Saxony.
According to Dutch information, the new discovery of contaminated eggs is late consequence of the. Apparently there are still residues of the substance in the ground, said the spokesman for the Dutch food authority, Rob Hageman, today in Utrecht. “The breeders no longer use the drug.” You should now find the cause of the renewed exposure.
The determined values of the poison are significantly lower than at the height of the scandal in summer 2017, said the spokesman for the authorities. This suggests that it is about remnants of the substance. In the Netherlands, contaminated eggs from another farm were discovered last week. According to Dutch media reports, the farmer, who was affected by the Fipronil scandal last year, suspects that remnants of the insecticide may still have been in the soil of the meadow on which the chickens have run.
The insecticide Fipronil, which is used in Food-producing animals may not be used, was added to cleaning agent in 2017 and sold to chicken farmers through Dutch company. After that there were significant recalls of eggs and egg products first in the Netherlands, then also in Germany and many other countries. Since then, tests have been carried out specifically for fipronil. In the course of these investigations, the exceedance of the maximum values was determined first in the Netherlands and then in Lower Saxony.
The Greens demanded consequences from the latest Fipronil discovery."We finally need number codes for egg-containing foods such as pasta," said the nutrition policy spokeswoman in the Bundestag, Renate Künast. Transparent labeling makes the respective company traceable so that products with contaminated eggs can be removed from the market immediately.