Dutch Police Make Arrests in Contaminated Eggs Case

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    August 11, 2017 08:10

    Dutch police arrested two suspects on Thursday as part of an investigation into the illegal use of a potentially harmful insecticide in the poultry industry, the Dutch prosecution service said.

    Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, and hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands.

    Prosecutors said in a statement they had conducted raids at eight locations in the Netherlands and Belgium, confiscating cars and seizing bank accounts and real estate.

    Eggs are packed to be sold at a poultry farm in Wortel near Antwerp, Belgium on Aug. 8, 2017. /Reuters

    The arrested suspects were directors at Dutch company Chickfriend, which is at the center of the scandal. Officials at the company could not be reached for comment.

    Raids were conducted at locations linked to Chickfriend, which allegedly used the pesticide, as well as potential suppliers.

    The company directors are suspected of threatening public health and possession of a prohibited pesticide, prosecutors said.

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