For Immediate Release
Brent Cox, 303-210-5552
Netherlands Kills 300,000 Hens After Eggs Found Contaminated
WASHINGTON - More than 17 countries across Europe and in Asia trashed millions of eggs after news broke that the eggs contained fipronil, an insecticide commonly used to kill fleas, lice, mites, and ticks. In the EU it has been banned for use on farms.
Netherlands farmers have already killed more than 300,000 hens. Several million more may be killed at over 150 companies throughout the country.
Earlier this month, the Dutch Food Safety Service advised consumers not to eat eggs because of possible contamination. Fipronil, if ingested in significant quantities, is moderately toxic and can cause organ damage in humans. Symptoms of fipronil ingestion include sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, dizziness, agitation, weakness, and tonic-clonic seizures. In small doses poisoning has little effect.
According to ABC News, the eggs were produced in Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. They have since reached Austria, Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. More than 700,000 potentially tainted eggs entered the United Kingdom, and Germany pulled the 28 million possibly contaminated eggs it received off supermarket shelves.
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