Dutch consumers warned after eggs found contaminated with lice insecticide
Dutch consumers have been told to avoid certain eggs, after it was found that they may be contaminated with lice insecticide.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority issued the warning after investigations found that hundreds of thousands of eggs in the Netherlands could be contaminated with too-high levels of an insecticide fipronil.
The Dutch authority has listed batch numbers of eggs with too high a fipronil content and numerous poultry farms are being investigated. It said that 180 poultry farms have been temporarily stopped from supplying eggs.
Reports suggest that eggs from chickens treated with too high a dose of fipronil may have been on the market in the Netherlands for a year.
A spokesperson for the Dutch authority told FarmIreland that it had blocked the poultry farms on which this service company (ChickFriend) conducted a treatment for lice, because it seems that firponil has been used during this treatment.
"This is prohibited. Eggs from these poultry farms were analyzed. In eggs from several farms we found fipronil. These eggs were withdrawn from the market. There have been no reports of human illness."
The spokesperson went on to say that it is not likely that people will get ill after eating an egg from one of these farms.
They also said that at this moment there are no indications that other poultry service companies have used the same lice product.