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United Kingdom admits to underestimating imports of tainted eggs

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700,000 eggs linked to Europe contamination scare reached Britain

These would likely be mixed with other eggs that were not from affected farms, making "Fipronil residues highly diluted", the FSA said.

Despite the increase in affected eggs, the FSA stressed this still represented only 0.007% of the eggs consumed in the United Kingdom every year.

In a statement today, the FSAI said that in June, "very small quantities of (contaminated) boiled eggs were supplied to nine catering outlets in Ireland".

"However, as this represents 0.007 percent of the eggs we consume in the United Kingdom every year, it remains the case that it is very unlikely that there is any risk to public health from consuming these foods".

Dutch police have arrested two suspects after a scare over use of the insecticide fiproni, according to the Dutch prosecution service.

On Thursday, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said a total of 20 tons of contaminated eggs have been sold in Denmark. The company used a fipronil containing insecticide to treat stables at over 150 Dutch poultry farms for blood lice.

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Over half a million potentially contaminated eggs were distributed in the United Kingdom, it has been revealed.

The WHO considers Fipronil to be moderately toxic, and says very large quantities can cause organ damage.

Fipronil is commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from animals but is banned by the European Union from use in the food industry. "The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland are committed to ensuring that food is safe, and that United Kingdom consumers have food they can trust".

The Danish food administration have asked people to keep calm as they claim that eating the eggs bought by Danæg Products poses no risk in human consumption.

The FSA said the decision to withdraw the egg products is not due to food safety concerns, but rather because Fipronil is not authorized for use in food-producing animals.

While officials from the UK's Food Standard Agency (FSA), a body responsible for protecting public health with relation to food, is doing its best to calm people, already major supermarkets here have taken a hit. "Consumers clearly want retailers and food manufacturers to use good quality British ingredients that are produced to high standards of food safety, but in some prepared foods this is not the case".

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