Veterinary inspectors have reported that over 100 000 Fipronil-contaminated eggs have reached the market. This substance is defined by the World Health Organisation as having a moderate degree of danger without the proven carcinogenic effect. However, according to veterinary specialists, by ingesting a large amount, it becomes dangerous to human health. High and long-term doses can cause severe medical problems, affecting the liver, thyroid glands and kidneys, and can also cause some neurological disorders.
The eggs came from a farm in Teleorman where currently more than 4 millions eggs are retained due to insecticide residues. Of these, 55 000 eggs have been destroyed so far. Between 22 November, when the samples were taken, and 6 December, when the results confirmed that there was Fipronil in the eggs, 102 480 eggs were marketed, and most of them have reached the consumers.
What tools does the Commission have at its disposal to protect consumer health?
What are the Commission’s recommendations for Member State authorities to tighten controls on farms with laying hens?