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NVWA warns against eating eggs with code X-NL-40155XX owing to fipronil
Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
NVWA, the Dutch Food and Welfare Authority, has warned consumers not to eat eggs with the corporate-level code X-NL-40155XX*, because the content of fipronil, a harmful substance, is so high that their consumption would present an acute danger to public health.

It is about one producer’s eggs. The eggs are currently being retrieved from the shelves, and consumers have been advised to throw them away.

In addition, eggs have been found with a fipronil content that is higher than the daily allowable amount for long-term consumption by children.

These are eggs with the following codes: X-NL-41679XX, X-NL-42071XX, X-NL-42659XX, X-NL-42766XX, X-NL-43113XX, X-NL-43326XX, X-NL-43514XX, X-NL-43640XX, X-NL-43835XX and X-NL-43879XX*.

Parents of children are advised not to eat their eggs with these eicodes for the time being.

The eggs are retrieved by the poultry holders from the commercial channel under the supervision of the NVWA.

The relevant eicodes are also listed in a list on the NVWA site. In the course of this week, more and more results of egg samples will be analysed. The list on the site will be adjusted accordingly.

Samples of blocked companies
The reason for this warning was the first results of eimonsters taken recently in retail and poultry companies where a poultry service company has conducted a blood lice treatment during the past six years.

The suspicion was that fipronil, a substance that is not allowed in poultry farming, was used.

Recently, the NVWA started approaching these companies. In the meantime, around 180 cattle farms, rearing companies and hatcheries have been blocked due to the suspicion of fipronil.

In all the houses, samples of eggs, and in some cases, manure and chicken meat were taken. Also samples of eggs from retail stores were examined.

Based on the first results of the egg samples, NVWA decided on this public warning.

It had begun to inform the companies that it was clear that their eggs contained fipronil or not.

The companies whose eggs were found to contain fipronil upon examination must recover from the commercial channel. NVWA was overseeing this, and these companies remained blocked.

Fipronil
Fipronil is an insecticide that is often used in veterinary products against fleas, mites and marks. It should not be used in animals intended for the food chain, such as chickens.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said fipronil was moderately toxic to humans. In large quantities, it can damage the kidneys, liver or thyroid gland. It is a substance that can be harmful to health on prolonged consumption.

(*Each egg contains an eicode, which is stamped on the egg. Using the five digits, a person can check the eggs. In the place of an X, any number can be used.)
 
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