- Title: German authorities test eggs amid contamination scandal
- Date: 10th August 2017
- Summary: ERLANGEN, GERMANY (AUGUST 10, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF BAVARIAN HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY VARIOUS OF LAB WORKER CRACKING EGGS INTO CONTAINER VARIOUS OF LAB WORKER BEATING EGGS IN CONTAINER VARIOUS OF LAB WORKER AT SCALE, ADDING FIVE GRAMS OF BEATEN EGG IN CONTAINER VARIOUS OF LAB WORKER ADDING WATER INTO CONTAINERS LAB WORKER CARRYING EGG MIXTURE TO MACHINE EGG MIXTURE SHAKEN IN MACHINE VARIOUS OF ACETONITIL BEING ADDED INTO CONTAINERS, TO CONNECT AND IDENTIFY FILPRONIL TRACES / CONTAINERS IN HOLDER VARIOUS OF SALT BEING ADDED INTO MIXTURE LAB WORKER WORKING MIXTURES BEING PUT INTO MACHINE VARIOUS OF TEST CONTAINERS LAB WORKER PUTTING MIXTURE INTO FREEZER AND REMOVING FROZEN MIXTURE LAB WORKER TESTING MIXTURE FOR FILPRONIL
- Embargoed: 24th August 2017 17:43
- Keywords: eggs Netherlands fipronil Germany pesticide contaminated
- Location: ERLANGEN, GERMANY
- City: ERLANGEN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TKPZK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority tested eggs at its laboratory in the southern German city of Erlangen on Thursday (August 10), as Dutch police arrested two suspects as part of an investigation into the illegal use of a potentially harmful insecticide in the poultry industry.
Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, and hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands.
About 10 million contaminated eggs are believed to have been brought into Germany from the Netherlands.
Fipronil is a popular insecticide to treat pets for fleas and ticks but it is forbidden for use in the food chain. The World Health Organization considers fipronil to be moderately toxic and says very large quantities can cause organ damage.
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