Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - UK - 2017

FSA News Item, 31 August 2017

EGGS - FSA: Update on Fipronil in eggs

We continue to trace the distribution of eggs from farms in the Netherlands affected by Fipronil. Since our previous update, eight additional products have been withdrawn, as detailed in our updated withdrawal list. These are all cake mixes that are used in the catering trade.

Products must be removed from sale if the amount of implicated egg is more than 15% of the final product. Food businesses must comply with this or show that the egg ingredient used is compliant with the EU maximum residue level.

It remains very unlikely that there is any risk to public health, but as Fipronil is not authorised for use in food producing animals we continue to track down implicated food products and ensure that they are removed from sale where they breach the limit. There is no need to change how you buy or consume eggs.

As a precaution, UK-laid eggs are being tested for the presence of Fipronil, and all results so far have been clear.

Investigations are on-going, and we will continue to publish updates on a regular basis.

A copy of the updated list is available on this site. See: List of withdrawn products - 31 August

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