Dutch say imported-eggs products safe

11th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch health authorities on Tuesday said dioxin levels in food made with 50,000 tainted eggs imported from Germany meet legal standards.

A German firm is suspected of knowingly selling some 3,000 tonnes of fatty acids laced with dioxin -- which can cause cancer -- meant only for industrial use in November and December in Germany where they were used in animal feed.

About 136,000 eggs from an affected German farm were shipped to the Netherlands where they were processed by Dutch companies, the NVWA health service said.

"The sanitary monitoring service (NVWA) announces that products made with eggs that were blocked last week in the Netherlands as a precautionary measure meet (legal) standards," a statement said.

The dioxin level in the suspect products was "well below" legal levels, it added.

The European Commission said on Monday that some of the tainted feed was exported to France and Denmark. Some of the 136,000 eggs exported to the Netherlands ended up in Britain which would have to carry out its own analysis, said the NVWA.

A shipment of 50,000 German eggs which were exported on December 15 and mixed with 14 tonnes of other eggs in the Netherlands ended up in three product items, of which one was blocked and frozen in the Netherlands, according to the EU's executive.

German authorities destroyed around 100,000 eggs and late on Thursday Germany closed down around 4,700 of its 375,000 farms across the country while tests were conducted.

Most of the farms have since been reopened, however, and the government voiced hopes that others would swiftly follow suit. As of Monday, 558 farms were still subject to restrictions.

© 2011 AFP

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