WORLD: Germany pulls 73,000 contaminated eggs

eggs3Six German states have been told to pull some 73,000 eggs from sale after residue was detected from an insecticide called fipronil.

Some 73,000 eggs due to be sold across six German states are contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the Agriculture Ministry in the state of Lower Saxony said.

The new contaminated batch of eggs from the Netherlands landed on supermarket shelves in Lower Saxony, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse, Bavaria, Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine Westphalia, the ministry said.

A recall of the eggs has been initiated. The news comes less than a year after it became public that fipronil, a toxic anti-lice agent banned from use in products for human consumption, had found its way into millions of eggs, causing a huge fallout for Dutch authorities.

A total of 97,200 eggs were delivered between May 17 and June 4 from the Netherlands to a packing centre in the district of Vechta in Lower Saxony. The scope and cause of the contamination remained unclear.

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