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Tainted eggs not a risk to public health, FSA claims

By Josie Clarke

Around 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in a contamination scare have been distributed to Britain rather than the 21,000 that was first estimated, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said.

The FSA said investigations into the fipronil incident in Europe suggested it was "very unlikely" that the eggs posed a risk to public health.

It added that products affected in the UK were processed foods in which egg is one ingredient among many others, such as in sandwich fillings.

It said some of the products made from these eggs will have had a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, but some were still within the expiry date and were being withdrawn by the businesses involved.

Many of the eggs were mixed with others which had not come from affected farms so fipronil residues would be highly diluted, the FSA said.

The decision to withdraw the products was not due to food safety concerns but based on the fact that the pesticide is not authorised for use in food-producing animals.

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