Hong Kong scrambles to inspect European Union eggs as insecticide found

Hong Kong enhances checks on eggs from Europe

Contaminated eggs scandal hit 15 EU states, besides Switzerland, Hong Kong: EC

Andriukaitis urged the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany - the countries at the epicentre of the crisis - to stop trading accusations about who is responsible for the scare. The EU insists there is no threat to human health, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that when eaten in large quantities it can harm people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands. The countries that have received the eggs are Britain, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark, along with non-EU Switzerland and Hong Kong, BBC reported.

Food safety authority of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has enhanced checks on eggs imported from Europe after insecticide was found in some eggs from European countries, the HKSAR's secretary for food and health said Saturday.

The tested samples showing unsafe levels of Fipronil are sold under the product name Cheer Fresh Dutch Brown Eggs.

A spokeswoman in Brussels said the situation was "evolving by the day", as criminal investigators continued to hold two men arrested on Thursday for fraud following a series of raids in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The Foods Standards Agency said 700,000 eggs had been sent to the United Kingdom from potentially contaminated Dutch farms.

France has also confirmed one farm in the Nord-Pas de Calais region was found to have used Fipronil, and is now blocked from selling eggs. The EU bans the use of fipronil in the food industry.

European Union commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, stressed that the meeting would not be a crisis summit, nor would its objective be to apportion blame. "We are very concerned about the issue and maintain close contact with the Centre for Food Safety in order to take prompt action accordingly", a company spokesman said.

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