Inspectors with the Timis County Veterinary and Food Safety Directorate have seized on Wednesday, in specific control actions, a quantity of 1,000 kg of liquid egg yolk, a product contaminated with Fipronil, coming from Germany, according to the Alert System for Food and Feed – SRAAF. The information surfaced Thursday evening.
According to a communiqué, the respective lot was detained in a warehouse, no quantity of this product has been sold. The 1,000 kg will be neutralized by incineration, digi24.ro informs.
“The respective lot has been detained in the warehouse of the unit where it was distributed, no quantity of this product has been sold, the quantity of 1,000 kg will be neutralized by incineration. All county territorial structures are on alert to act in the shortest time, if new notifications of Fipronil-contaminated eggs are to be received. ANSVSA and the representatives of chicken breeders associations in our country, have permanent exchange of information on the evolution at European level in regard to the eggs contaminated with Fipronil,” ANSVSA added, noting that he was already carrying out control activities in poultry farms.
ANSVSA also says it monitors this situation closely and will keep an eye on new elements emerging in the context of the European alert related to Fipronil-contaminated eggs.
So faer, eight countries have been affected by the contamination of eggs with this insecticide.
Recently, Luxembourg has announced that several batches of eggs contaminated with Fipronil have been withdrawn.
The scandal regarding the contaminated eggs in Europe is growing, as large quantities are withdrawn from the markets in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France and joint efforts are envisaged to face the crisis.
Romanian authorities said earlier this week no such produce has been imported and no contaminated eggs have been found on the domestic market. However, it seems the most important issue is the use of those eggs to prepare various products such as mayonnaise, salads, cakes, pasta, cookies. The poisoning substance, Fipronil, is still having effect after cooking or other methods of preparing food.
The scandal started in the Netherlands where 180 farms have been closed down and millions of chickens have been sacrificed, following the discovery of Fipronil in dozens of units. It’s an insecticide forbidden to animals and birds for consumption. It was mixed into the legally plant decontamination product delivered to these farms by a Dutch company, Chickfriend.
Millions of chickens face being culled in the Netherlands as the scandal widens.
European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, charged with food safety, has called for a meeting of ministers and national watchdogs to discuss the fallout of an eggs contamination scare that has led to finger pointing between several European Union members.
Andriukaitis said he hoped to gather a meeting before the end of September of the ministers concerned, along with the various national food safety agency representatives.
“We need to work together to draw lessons learnt and move forward instead of losing energy on finger pointing,” he said, Romanian media inform, quoting Reuters.