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One tonne of contaminated egg product found in Romania


One tonne of egg yolk liquid contaminated with the insecticide fipronil has been found in Romania, the first discovery in eastern Europe since the tainted egg scandal erupted, the veterinary health authority said Thursday, medicalxpress.com informs.

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 discovery came about after "a specific alert from the European Commission" as part of its rapid response system regarding human and animal food, the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) spokeswoman Alina Monea told AFP.

"Our inspectors are monitoring poultry farms around the country," she added.

Romania brings to nine the number of European countries affected by the spiralling egg contamination that started in the Netherlands where farmers are believed to have used a substance containing the fipronil insecticide to treat red lice in chickens.