Egg products removed from Teignbridge shelves

Dutch health minister Edith Schippers speaking publicly about the matter for the first time admitted on Friday that errors had been made in the government’s handling of the crisis

Dutch health minister Edith Schippers speaking publicly about the matter for the first time admitted on Friday that errors had been made in the government’s handling of the crisis

Numerous eggs were mixed with others which had not come from affected farms so Fipronil residues would be highly diluted, the FSA said.

"We have now established that more eggs from affected farms than previously identified came to the United Kingdom", the Food Standards Agency said in a statement, raising its estimate to 700,000 from 21,000.

In the United Kingdom, processed foods containing eggs, including sandwiches and salads, have been recalled from Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda.

A Morrisons spokeswoman yesterday confirmed 100% of their whole eggs were British and none of these eggs had been affected but that at least three of their products containing egg (sandwiches) had been pulled from United Kingdom stores.

A statement from the FSA said: "Investigations into the Fipronil incident in Europe continue".

This is more than 33 times the 21,000 first estimated, the Food Standards Agency has said.

"However, Fipronil is not legally allowed for use near food-producing animals and it shouldn't be there". It said fresh eggs containing fipronil residues had not gone on sale in the UK.

The investigation is being done by Dutch food safety authority NVWA's investigative department, on behalf of the Public Prosecutor.

Over half a million potentially contaminated eggs were distributed in the United Kingdom, it has been revealed.

In large quantities, the insecticide is considered to be "moderately hazardous" according to the World Health Organization, and can have risky effects on people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.

The eggs scandal that has led to millions of eggs being withdrawn from supermarket shelves in a number of European nations has reached Danish shores.

Nikolas Hove from the Danish Veterinary and Food administration assured the public that although the levels of Fipronil found in the eggs are illegal, there are no urgent health risks. "The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland are committed to ensuring that food is safe, and that United Kingdom consumers have food they can trust".

The FSAI said Fipronil is an insecticide which is not permitted for use around food producing animals, while noting that traceability on the eggs from the Netherlands contaminated with Fipronil was continuing.