The inspectors have revealed that altogether four hotels in Bratislava received products made from contaminated Dutch eggs. Altogether 570 kilograms of pasteurised egg mixture containing the pesticide Fipronil were used, while 90 kilograms were returned to the supplier, the Public Health Authority (ÚVZ) revealed.
The egg mixture was delivered to the hotels between July 24 and August 14, the SITA newswire reported.
“The inspection revealed that the Transgourmet company did not inform the customers from all four hotels about the unsuitable product,” chief hygienist of Slovakia Ján Mikas informed, as quoted by SITA.
He also called on providers of restaurant facilities not to use similar products if they have them in their stores. They should immediately inform the respective regional ÚVZ office, Mikas added.
The ÚVZ received a report about contaminated eggs from Austria via its rapid alert system already on August 16.
“The regional ÚVZ in Bratislava acted immediately, carried out inspections at respective hotels and stopped the use of the products,” Mikas informed on August 17, as quoted by SITA.
The ministry continuing inspections
The state veterinary inspectors have meanwhile checked the Slovak farms where laying hens are bred to find out whether they used products containing Fipronil. The results show that the farms were fine and none of them have used the pesticide, the Agriculture Ministry stated.
The inspections have been carried out since August 1, with inspectors checking altogether 64 licensed farms. When taking the samples, they focused on the occurrence of ectoparasites and the use of agents against them. The tests proved that no veterinary medicine to prevent and treat poultry ectoparasites have been used at the farms.
The inspectors will now continue in the targeted inspections of eggs, meat and egg mixtures across Slovakia. They will focus on products imported from countries suspected of using Fipronil, the ministry informed.