Belgium Aware of Dutch Egg Scandal but Did Not Speak Out
00:23, Aug 8, 2017
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Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said the aim was "to share the information so that everybody knows that it's now also up to the Swedish, Swiss, French and to the United Kingdom national authorities to check".
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Supermarket giant Aldi said it was a "purely precautionary" measure and added that eggs sold in its United Kingdom stores were produced in Britain.
"We have known since early June there was potentially a problem with fipronil in the poultry sector", Belgium's food safety agency spokeswoman Katrien Stragier told the BBC.
"As there have been reports from more and more (German) federal states about the discovery of fipronil in eggs, Aldi South and Aldi North have made a decision to remove all eggs from sale across the country", the two operators of Aldi supermarkets said in a joint statement.
"We are working closely with the businesses that have received eggs from affected farms".
Public prosecutors in Belgium and the Netherlands are investigating poultry service providers that are suspected of having added Dega 16 to their products, the European Commission said, without providing further details.
"Somebody must have had criminal intentions when they contaminated eggs with a banned product", Mr Schmidt said.
The European Union on Monday notified the food safety authorities in Britain, France, Sweden and Switzerland to be on the lookout for contamination in eggs after a food scare in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
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