It has been discovered that eggs from farms in the Netherlands are contaminated with fipronil, a pesticide banned by the EU. Eggs have been withdrawn from supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. 700,000 eggs are estimated to have been sent to the UK from the offending farms and are used in processed foods from Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, and Asda. A Sainsbury’s spokesperson has stated that “our supplier has made us aware that two salad bowls, which contain egg, may include very small traces of fipronil. […] We’re withdrawing these products from sale on a temporary basis as a precautionary measure.”
The Food Standards Agency says the risks are low and there is “no need” to avoid eating eggs. Over 180 farms have been closed in the wake of this investigation. How much and for how long the Dutch authorities have known about the use of this pesticide is not clear.