The food safety authority of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said Thursday [28 September 2017] that it has decided to narrow the scope of testing for imported eggs from European Union (EU) countries…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2017

Key Point

  • Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) stated it would reduce the scope of required import poultry egg testing from all EU countries to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, and Italy. Starting in August 2017, Hong Kong health authorities held and tested all imported EU poultry eggs due to fipronil contamination.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In August 2017, Hong Kong’s CFS detected high levels of fipronil in two samples of imported Dutch poultry eggs. Hong Kong’s CFS did not immediately ban imports of Dutch poultry eggs. Instead all poultry eggs from the Netherlands will tested prior to be released on the market.
  • 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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