Farmers back "100% safe" Irish eggs

The IFA says Irish eggs are not affected by the Dutch insecticide scandal in any way

Farmers back "100% safe" Irish eggs

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The Irish Farmers Association has moved to reassure customers that Irish eggs are 100% safe.

It comes after it was revealed that "small quantity" of contaminated eggs were supplied to food businesses in Ireland.

Millions of eggs have been recalled in eight countries across Europe in the past week over fears they were contaminated with an insecticide in the Netherlands.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) yesterday admitted a small number of contaminated boiled and liquid pasteurised eggs had been supplied to Irish businesses in June and July.

The businesses have been contacted and the eggs are no longer available. 

Speaking today, Nigel Renaghan Chairman of the Irish Farmers Association Poultry Committee said Irish eggs are not affected by the scandal in any way:

"We can absolutely 100% guarantee you that any eggs for sale in any of the multiple are all 100% Irish Bord Bia approved," he said.

"If anybody has any doubt whatsoever, look at the egg and once you see IE you know it is Irish and it is 100% safe."

The FSAI said it will continue to monitor distribution in Ireland but insisted the number of imported eggs in the country is "very small" adding that the "risk to consumer health is very low.”

The Department of Agriculture meanwhile said it carries out tests for the insecticide as part of its annual testing programme - with no positive samples detected so far this year - or in 2016.

Fipronil

The scandal revolves around the chemical insecticide Fipronil which is used in veterinary products to treat ticks and fleas.

The EU has banned its use with animals destined for human consumption.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers the insecticide to be "moderately hazardous" and says it can have dangerous effects on the liver, kidneys and thyroid glands.

International investigation

Investigators have carried out coordinated raids linked to the Fipronil probe in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Dutch authorities on Thursday arrested two men as part of their investigation.

A Dutch farming organisation has said that several million hens may need to be culled across 150 companies in the country, and that 300,000 have already been killed.