Danes imported 20 tons of eggs from tainted scandal

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Belgium's Agricultural Minister said his Dutch colleagues had been made aware about eggs contaminated with Fipronil since November 2016.

Products will be withdrawn due to the chemical's unauthorized status, rather than a specific safety concern.

Contaminated eggs were found in 15 European Union countries but not in Malta.

"While in some European countries eggs containing Fipronil residues have been sold as fresh eggs, in the United Kingdom this is not the case", an agency statement said.

The move came as Dutch investigators detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of the pesticide at poultry farms.

"We would like this meeting to happen with some distance to the events and have as many facts established as possible", European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told a press conference.

But across the border here in Germany supermarkets have withdrawn millions of eggs from sale while in Belgium and the Netherlands have also taken off millions of eggs from their shelves.

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The substance can damage people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if eaten in large quantities.

The Danish food administration have asked people to keep calm as they claim that eating the eggs bought by Danæg Products poses no risk in human consumption.

Traceability on the eggs from the Netherlands contaminated with fipronil is continuing, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Almost 250,000 insecticide-contaminated eggs have been sold in France since April, but the risk for consumers is "very low", French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said Friday. "However, Fipronil is not legally allowed for use near food-producing animals and it shouldn't be there".

The core issue involves the use of Fipronil which is believed to have been used inappropriately in cleaning products on chicken farms, although it is not authorised around food producing animals. However, Britain imports annually nearly 2 billion eggs, the the Agency.

Around 85% of eggs consumed in Britain are laid in the UK.

It was previously reported that Fipronil was introduced by a Dutch company that provided sanitary services to breeders in Belgium and Netherlands, EU's biggest egg producer, who were not aware of the violations.

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