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July 23 2018, 05:38 | Irvin Gilbert
The number of eggs implicated in a contamination scare in Holland is believed to be around 700,000 not 21,000
The UK's Food Standards Agency said the number of contaminated eggs estimated to have reached the UK was far higher than the 21,000 first supposed, and that egg salads from Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda, and sandwiches from Waitrose and Morrisons had been withdrawn.
The eggs in question represent 0.007 percent of eggs consumed in Britain every year, the FSA said - adding that "it is very unlikely that there is any risk to public health from consuming these foods".
Farmers dispose of eggs after tests found Dutch eggs contaminated by fipronil.
"Fipronil is an insecticide that is found in veterinary products used for pet animals", running, ticks and mites.
The FSA had previously said that just 21,000 contaminated eggs had come to the United Kingdom, but today revised its estimate upwards as the scandal over the use of harmful pesticide in the poultry industry grows.
The contamination scare became public on 1 August when it was revealed that tests had found that fipronil, which is banned across the European Union from use in the production of foodstuffs, had found its way into the food chain.
The food authority did, however, ensure consumers that Danish eggs, which make up the majority of eggs sold in supermarkets in Denmark, were safe to eat.
FSA chairwoman Heather Hancock said: "I'm confident that acting quickly is the right thing to do". It is "very unlikely" there is any risk to public health, the FSA said. "Our advice is that there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs or products containing eggs".
"They are suspected of putting public health in danger by supplying and using fipronil in pens containing egg-laying chickens", prosecutors' spokeswoman Marieke van der Molen said.
British food safety authorities say far more eggs possibly tainted with the pesticide Fipronil have been imported to the United Kingdom from elsewhere in Europe than previously thought.
On Monday, France's Agriculture ministry confirmed that 13 batches of Dutch eggs contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil have been delivered to two different egg-product manufacturing factories in central-western France between July 11 and July 26. Markets including Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland have been forced to issue recalls of affected eggs supplied by Dutch farms. The Netherlands closed 180 poultry farms as a result of the scare.
Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves in Europe.