ALERT: 700, 000 potentially contaminated eggs in United Kingdom food chain

GETTYEggs contaminated with fipronil sparks criticism of European food regulators

It comes after the agency said on Monday that a "very small number" of eggs distributed in Britain were believed to be from affected farms and that the risk to the public was "very low".

The recall of 13 SKUs in the United Kingdom was revealed when the country's Food Standards Agency issued an update on the number of eggs that arrived in the United Kingdom from Dutch farms affected by the contamination.

More than 700,000 contaminated eggs have been shipped from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, leading major supermarkets such as Sainsbury's and Waitrose to urgently recall stocks of fresh sandwiches, quiche and salads.

Over half a million potentially contaminated eggs were distributed in the United Kingdom, it has been revealed.

Earlier this month, Dutch and Belgian prosecutors launched a joint investigation at eight locations across The Netherlands with the assistance of Europe's policing and judicial agencies Europol and Eurojust.

The products affected in the United Kingdom are said to be processed foods that included eggs among other ingredients, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other similar chilled foods.

Dutch investigators have detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of pesticide at poultry farms that sparked a massive food safety scare in several countries.

Fipronil, which is banned by the EU's food industry, had been linked to a Dutch supplier of cleaning products by authorities.

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Fipronil is not permitted for use around food-producing animals like hens.

Twenty tonnes of fipronil-contaminated eggs have been sold in Denmark, the country's Veterinary and Food Administration said on Thursday.

Fipronil can cause damage to the liver, thyroid glands and kidneys if consumed in large quantities.

As a result of the scandal, millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves in Germany as well as Belgium and the Netherlands.

In Germany and Holland, supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have already taken millions of eggs off their shelves, in what Aldi said was a "purely precautionary" measure.

It is why the Food Standards Agency says it is "very unlikely" there is any health risk.

Fipronil is a popular insecticide to treat pets for fleas and ticks but it is forbidden for use in the food chain.

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