Scientists are warning people everywhere to check their eggs before they cook them. This is so scary!
It was just reported that over 17 countries are being affected by toxic eggs. Yahoo shared that contaminated eggs are being distributed to European Union members Sweden, France, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark.
Apparently two non-EU countries, Switzerland and Hong Kong, have received contaminated eggs. Furthermore, they were originating from affected poultry farms in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France.
It appears that the eggs are being treated with fipronil. According to French authorities, almost a quarter of a million contaminated eggs are imported to France between April and July. Meanwhile, at the time noting there are no health concerns.
Around 196,000 contaminated Belgian eggs have been put on sale. They are being consumed “without any observed health impact.” Says the French Agriculture Ministry.
“Another batch of 48,000 contaminated eggs from the Netherlands were imported in July. Remaining eggs from that batch are being withdrawn from sale after the scandal over the use of the product broke.”
Reports show that Fipronil is a common ingredient in veterinary products for getting rid of fleas, lice and ticks in animals. The product is banned from use on animals destined for human consumption.
Fipronil is said to damage to the liver, thyroid glands and kidneys if consumed in large quantities. Furthermore, The Agriculture Ministry said that the low levels of fipronil in the contaminated eggs. Taking into consideration French dietary habits, they are saying that the risk to human health is a minor thing.
Apparently, some consumers have taken to using a government-created app to interpret an egg’s serial number. This is supposed to let you know if the eggs that you are purchasing are contaminated.
29 IT consultant in Berlin, Edde Lorch, said she had certainly considered using it.
“But then I suddenly realised how absurd it is to be buying eggs that come from so far away,” she said. “I went to my local market and bought a box of eggs from a farmer from just outside Berlin instead. He looked me in the eye and assured me they were not infected.”
This is so scary! Make sure that you are checking your eggs!!