Hong Kong’s food safety authority said Friday [4 August 2017] that it has found two samples of eggs imported from the Netherlands containing a pesticide at levels exceeding the local legal limit. According to the Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, it had learned of a notice issued by the Netherlands authorities that certain eggs produced in the country were detected as containing a pesticide, fipronil, at levels that might cause adverse health effects…Full Article: Xinhua Aug 2017

Key Point

  • Hong Kong’s CFS has not banned imports of Dutch poultry eggs. Instead all poultry eggs from the Netherlands will tested prior to be released on the market.

ChinaAg Comment

  • Fipronil is an insecticide that has numerous applications relating to agriculture (red mites on poultry farms), pet care (flea removal), lawn maintenance, and termite control. The July/August 2017 fipronil egg scandal was the result of a Belgian company selling fipronil to a firm that sanitizes Dutch poultry farms. The insecticide was illegally mixed in with a cleaning solution applied to Dutch poultry farms.

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