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'Don't worry' message in eggs scare.


HEALTH chiefs last night moved to reassure consumers after confirming egg contaminated with dioxins was used in cakes and quiches sold in the UK's major supermarkets.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said supermarkets had already sold most of the products, which had a short shelf life and had probably been eaten.

It has advised retailers to clear any remaining affected items from shelves but stressed that consumers do not face any health risk from eating the products.

The pasteurised liquid egg was supplied to Kensey Foods in Cornwall and Memory Lane Cakes Ltd in Cardiff, who used it to make the products which were supplied to supermarkets, the FSA said.

It does not have a "definitive list" of the supermarkets who sold the products, but Tesco and Morrisons were two of them.

It emphasised that the mixing of the eggs would have diluted the levels of dioxins and there was not thought to be a risk to health.

The FSA said: "There is no food safety risk from eating these products. The majority of products will have been sold and most have passed their 'use by' or 'best before' dates.

"Supermarkets are removing the small amount of products that are still in date."

Tesco said in a statement: "Tesco is withdrawing a small number of products. We would like to stress to customers that this is a purely precautionary measure and the FSA has stated there is no food safety risk."

Fourteen tonnes of the contaminated egg which originated on continental Europe entered the UK destined for use in goods like pastries and mayonnaise, the EU executive said yesterday.

The alert came after it was discovered that poultry feed contaminated by toxic dioxins was sent to more than 1,000 poultry and pig farms in Germany.

Some of the eggs from those farms were then transported to Holland.

The FSA said: "These eggs were mixed with other non-contaminated eggs to make pasteurised liquid egg. This pasteurised liquid egg has been distributed to the UK.

"The mixing of the eggs will have diluted the levels of dioxins and they are not thought to be a risk to health.

"The FSA is currently liaising with the industry and will provide further updates as information becomes available." European Commission health spokesman Frederic Vincent described how the problem had now reached Britain.

"Those eggs were... processed and then exported to the United Kingdom... as a 14-tonne consignment of pasteurised product for consumption," he told reporters.

The problem appears to have originated when oils intended for bio-fuel became mixed with oil destined for animal feed.

The dioxin was discovered in late December but the extent of the problem was only revealed this week when German officials said 3,000 tonnes of feed were affected.

Germany has stopped more than 4,700 farms selling their meat and eggs as a result of the scare.


Above, Germany''s Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner after Germany halted sales of poultry, pork and eggs from more than 4,700 farms when feed was found to be contaminated with dioxins; some of the eggs found their way into UK supermarket products
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jan 8, 2011
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