17 nations report contaminated eggs in growing scandal

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The EU countries known to be affected by the scandal are Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark.

Experts and ministers will convene to discuss an egg contamination scandal which is so far known to have affected 15 European Union countries.

France has also confirmed one farm in the Nord-Pas de Calais region was found to have used Fipronil, and is now blocked from selling eggs. A US egg producer has recalled more than 200 million chicken eggs apparently contaminated with salmonella bacteria after hundreds of people have become sick, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The tested samples showing unsafe levels of Fipronil are sold under the product name Cheer Fresh Dutch Brown Eggs.

Millions of eggs have been destroyed or pulled from supermarket shelves since July 20, when it was made public that the pesticide Fipronil, which is risky to human health, was found mixed with another treatment sprayed on chickens for ticks, fleas and lice, known as Dega 16.

But the insecticide can damage people's kidneys and livers if eaten in large quantities.

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When the food scare began in Europe, the centre claimed, it inspected major retailers in the city.

The BBC reported that there have been two arrests in connection with the scandal, after raids in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The Commission is to hold a meeting with ministers and regulators in September to discuss the issue and its food safety chief has requested countries to stop "blaming and shaming" each other. The EU bans the use of fipronil in the food industry.

Hong Kong was the only non-European place mentioned.

"There must be no compromises when it comes to food safety", Ms Reinhard said.

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