15 nations get tainted eggs, products in growing scandal

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15 nations get tainted eggs, products in growing scandal

European Union trade and agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario said Friday that farms have also been blocked in France and Germany, and named 13 other countries that have received products from those countries.

BRUSSELS (AP) - EU officials say 15 countries including Hong Kong have reported receiving contaminated eggs or egg products in a growing food scandal.

The EU on Friday called an emergency meeting to stop "blaming and shaming" over the insecticide- tainted eggs scandal as it emerged for the first time that the crisis had spread to Asia.

The pesticide can damage people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if eaten in large quantities.

But the World Health Organization said that, when digested in large quantities, the chemical could cause harm to the kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.

The European Commission now plans to hold a meeting with regulators and ministers on 26 September.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Britain said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public health.

"As far as the retail level is concerned, they have also retracted the problematic eggs, as well as increased the surveillance on eggs, especially (those) coming from European countries", Chan said.

The agency said on Thursday the Danish distributor, Danaeg Products, has been ordered to recall the eggs because "the content is illegal", but "not dangerous". But the German government says more than 10 million eggs may have been distributed in the country alone.

German Agriculture Ministry spokeswoman Jennifer Reinhard said on Friday "the facts need to be swiftly and fully investigated".

"There must be no compromises when it comes to food safety", Ms Reinhard said.

In Poland, Jan Bondar, a spokesman for the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, said that an estimated 40,000 potentially contaminated eggs have been imported but were not sold to consumers.

He said the eggs would either be destroyed or returned to the producer.

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