Import of Egg Products from Stricken European Countries Banned

  • By Kim Sung-mo

    August 11, 2017 10:48

    Korea has banned the distribution and sale of imported products with processed eggs from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, which are convulsed by a contamination scandal.

    The Korea Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will analyze the products over the next three months and look for signs of contamination with the insecticide Fipronil.

    The products include bread and cookies made with processed eggs from the three European countries. Fipronil is used to kill lice and ticks, and traces of the chemical were discovered in eggs and chicken in the Netherlands late last month.

    According to the KFDA, the only European eggs that were imported over the last year were 57 tons from Spain. But over the same period, 2,637 tons of processed egg products were imported from European countries including the Netherlands and Germany, and 1,969 tons of chicken were imported from the Netherlands and three other countries.

    A KFDA official said, "No eggs from the Netherlands have been imported, and the expiry dates of European chicken imports have passed, so we only issued a temporary ban on the distribution and sales of processed egg products from Europe."

    The KFDA said tests conducted on bread and confectioneries made with European egg products showed no potential harm effects on humans.

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