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Italian police seize more than 90,000 eggs contaminated


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Accra, 23 – (dpa/GNA) – More than 90,000 eggs
contaminated by the insecticide fipronil has been requisitioned by police in
Italy.

Some 6,000 eggs were found at a producer near
Ancona, on the Adriatic coast, while 85,000 – including 32,000 to be used as
animal feed – were located at another producer in Viterbo, north of Rome.

Police action followed Monday’s announcement
by the Italian Health Mini

Accra, 23 – (dpa/GNA) – More than 90,000 eggs
contaminated by the insecticide fipronil has been requisitioned by police in
Italy.

Some 6,000 eggs were found at a producer near
Ancona, on the Adriatic coast, while 85,000 – including 32,000 to be used as
animal feed – were located at another producer in Viterbo, north of Rome.

Police action followed Monday’s announcement
by the Italian Health Ministry that 114 samples of eggs had been tested, and
two had tested positive for the insecticide.

In a Wednesday press conference, the food
safety corps of the Carabinieri police, the NAS, said they were investigating
the cause of the contamination.

It could have been “accidental,” or
it may have been the result of the illegal presence of fipronil in chicken
feed, the head of the NAS, General Adelmo Lusi, said.

Fipronil, a common ingredient in veterinary
products for getting rid of fleas, lice and ticks in animals, is banned under
EU law for use on animals destined for human consumption.

Italy is among more than a dozen European
countries affected by the contamination scandal, which has highlighted the
complexity of food supply chains on the continent.

GNA


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