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More egg products withdrawn.

Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

MORE egg products that might contain the powerful insecticide Fipronil have been taken off the shelves.

Several UK retailers have been withdrawing products throughout this month, such as egg salads and sandwiches, over concerns they may have been made with eggs from farms implicated in the Fipronil contamination scandal on the continent.

The World Health Organization classifies Fipronil as "moderately hazardous". If ingested directly, symptoms can include vomiting, abdominal pain and seizures. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has now recalled six more products - four Braeforge liquid egg yolk cartons, and two Oliver Kay liquid egg products.

Sandwiches and salads from Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Asda and Waitrose are among the 31 products that have already been removed from sale.

An FSA statement said: "It remains very unlikely that there is any risk to public health, but as Fipronil is not authorised for use in foodproducing animals we continue to track down implicated food products and ensure that they are removed from sale where they breach the limit.

"It remains the case that the egg we have identified represents only a fraction of a single percentage of the eggs we consume in the UK every year. There remains no need to change how you buy or consume eggs; we are not concerned about any risk to health. The egg which we have found was incorporated into processed foods; fresh eggs on sale in the UK remain unaffected; 85% of the eggs we eat in the UK are laid here. As a precaution, UK eggs are being tested for the presence of Fipronil, and all initial results have been clear.

"Investigations are ongoing, and we will continue to publish updates on a regular basis."

It's estimated that up to 700,000 contaminated eggs from the continent were brought to the UK.

Most of the products made with these eggs have a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, but products still within their expiry date are being withdrawn.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 25, 2017
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