Friday, August 25, 2017

Italian police seize more than 90,000 eggs contaminated

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Accra, 23 - (dpa/GNA) - More than 90,000 eggs contaminated by the insecticide fipronil has been requisitioned by police in Italy.

Some 6,000 eggs were found at a producer near Ancona, on the Adriatic coast, while 85,000 - including 32,000 to be used as animal feed - were located at another producer in Viterbo, north of Rome.

Police action followed Monday's announcement by the Italian Health Ministry that 114 samples of eggs had been tested, and two had tested positive for the insecticide.

In a Wednesday press conference, the food safety corps of the Carabinieri police, the NAS, said they were investigating the cause of the contamination.

It could have been "accidental," or it may have been the result of the illegal presence of fipronil in chicken feed, the head of the NAS, General Adelmo Lusi, said.

Fipronil, a common ingredient in veterinary products for getting rid of fleas, lice and ticks in animals, is banned under EU law for use on animals destined for human consumption.

Italy is among more than a dozen European countries affected by the contamination scandal, which has highlighted the complexity of food supply chains on the continent.

GNA

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