Denmark says tainted egg total hits 22 tonnes

France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal

The eggs, coming mainly from the Netherlands, have been found with fipronil, an insecticide used to kill lice and ticks on animals that is banned by the EU.

It is thought that fipronil was added to disinfectant used on some chicken farms.

In large quantities, fipronil is an insecticide considered to be "moderately toxic" to humans by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dutch investigators arrested two suspects on Thursday in connection with a probe into the discovery of fipronil insecticide in European eggs, prosecutors said.

The FSA said investigations into the incident suggested it was "very unlikely" that the eggs posed a risk to public health as it released a list of processed products withdrawn in the United Kingdom "to ensure that consumers are protected".

In response, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda have withdrawn a total of 11 products - including sandwiches, sandwich fillers and salads - from sale.

While some European countries' eggs containing Fipronil residues have been sold as fresh eggs, this is not the case in the UK.

Vytenis Andriukaitis said European Union ministers and regulators should meet urgently.

With questions growing about how the contamination happened and whether consumers have been kept in the dark, pressure has grown on the two countries at the centre of the scandal-the Netherlands and Belgium.

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The Dutch and Belgian authorities are raiding several addresses in both countries on Thursday as part of the investigation into at numerous poultry farms and their eggs.

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".

It added: "While in some European countries eggs containing fipronil residues have been sold as fresh eggs, in the United Kingdom this is not the case".

"I proposed to hold a high-level meeting gathering the ministers concerned as well as the representatives of the food safety agencies in all member states involved as soon as we have all the facts available", he said in a statement.

Aldi earlier this month pulled all Dutch eggs from its stores in Germany.

The UK produces 85% of the eggs it consumes but imports nearly two billion annually, the FSA said.

The Food Safety Authority has confirmed that a small amount of contaminated Dutch eggs were supplied to Irish food businesses.

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"We want to ensure that we can establish better control and transparency reports with our partners, because the batches of tainted egg come from both the Netherlands and Belgium", Travert said.

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