The veterinary inspectors discovered that some eggs imported from the Netherlands were contaminated with the pesticide Fipronil.
The eggs were found in the warehouse for gastronomic facilities in Vrbové, close to Piešťany (Trnava Region). There were a total of 24 packages of cooked and peeled eggs delivered to Slovakia through several countries, the Slovak Agriculture Ministry informed on August 9.
The eggs were first exported to Germany, where they were cooked and peeled, and then sent to Austria. They were delivered to Vrbové from the Austrian firm.
“This case proved that freshness is a criterion the consumers should take into consideration,” Agriculture Minister Gabriela Matečná said, as quoted in a press release.
She called on people to ask about the origin of foodstuffs not only when shopping but also when eating in restaurants and hotels.
“The Slovak foodstuffs are strictly controlled by our veterinary administration,” Matečná said.
The inspectors meanwhile are checking whether the packages in Vrbové are being correctly withdrawn. They also also scrutinising the distribution list to find any facilities to which the eggs might have been delivered.
Slovakia received information about the contaminated eggs via the rapid alert system. Remnants of Fipronil have already been found in eggs imported to Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Hong Kong.
The supervising authorities found the illegal substances were used by producers who treated the hens with a product against parasites, which is known as DEGA 16. The producer was illegally adding Fipronil to this product. DEGA 16 is used in the Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany and Poland.
Though not all batches are contaminated, the inspections are still underway, the Agriculture Ministry said.
10. Aug 2017 at 5:31 | Compiled by Spectator staff