Two arrested in connection with European egg contamination scandal

Mr Ducarme also said that food safety controls have been boosted after contaminated eggs were discovered in Belgium last month.

The others are Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Denmark and non-EU member Switzerland.

The commission also announced that it was planning to convene an European Union ministerial meeting on September 26 to "draw relevant lessons" from the scandal.

The Danish food administration have asked people to keep calm as they claim that eating the eggs bought by Danæg Products poses no risk in human consumption.

The EU's executive Commission said on Friday that contaminated eggs have been found at producers in four countries; Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

A spokesperson from Asda said: "Customers should be reassured by the FSA's explanation that this decision is not due to food safety concerns and there is unlikely to be any risk to public health from consuming any of these three products".

In the United Kingdom, processed foods containing eggs, including sandwiches and salads, have been recalled from Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda.

Korea has banned the distribution and sale of imported products with processed eggs from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, which are convulsed by a contamination scandal.

British food safety authorities say far more eggs possibly tainted with the pesticide Fipronil have been imported to the United Kingdom from elsewhere in Europe than previously thought.

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An Aldi UK spokesman said: "There's no impact on Aldi in the UK, and all Aldi UK's eggs are 100 per cent British".

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe but no illnesses have been reported.

The substance can damage people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if eaten in large quantities.

Germany and France -where a few farms are directly affected by blockages- have sharply tancé Belgium and the netherlands.

In late July, Dutch authorities shut down several poultry farms after finding high levels of Fipronil in batches of eggs.The boiled and peeled eggs were mainly distributed to cafeterias, cafes and catering firms.

Two suspects were arrested by Dutch police yesterday, August 10, over the recent egg scandal, according to Reuters.

"Our inspectors are monitoring poultry farms around the country", she added.

The move came as Dutch investigators detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of the pesticide at poultry farms.

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