No new permits in Oman for European eggs over insecticide scare

No new permits in Oman for European eggs over insecticide scare

Eggs and egg products tainted with the chemical fipronil have been found in 17 European countries since the scandal came to light, and have also been found as far afield as Hong Kong.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) said it will tighten the inspection of poultry eggs from the European Union after samples of eggs imported from the region were found to have unsafe levels of insecticide, hk01.com reports.

Worries about eggs tainted with the insecticide fipronil have led supermarkets in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland to pull fresh eggs, deli filler and egg sandwiches off the shelves. In the United Kingdom, as many as 700,000 tainted eggs were likely imported, the Food Standards Agency said in an 10 August statement.

The World Health Organization classifies fibronil as "moderately hazardous" and it can cause nausea and dizziness if consumed in large quantities.

It is commonly used to treat fleas and ticks in pets, but is banned for use on animals which are part of the human food chain.

Germany received at least 28 million possibly contaminated eggs, almost three times the number previously reported, the Neue Osnabrueckner Zeitung newspaper reported in Wednesday editions.

"The Health Ministry is always sensitive about things that can threaten consumers' health".

The conclusion was based on laboratory tests on eggs taken on 10 August from two Luxembourg farms where a Belgian cleaning firm suspected of using products containing fipronil had worked.

Batches of possibly contaminated eggs from the Netherlands and Germany have been shipped to Sweden, Switzerland, France and Britain, EU filings showed earlier this month.

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