The Food Standards Agency (FSA) looks to have grossly underestimated how widespread the recent problem of poisonous eggs has been in the UK. Figures now suggest that many more eggs and egg-related products have been affected.
The egg scandal
The poisonous egg scandal has recently dominated news headlines and continues to be a concern for many consumers. The contaminated eggs are said to have originated in the Netherlands and Belgium, where the tainted eggs contained a banned pesticide called fipronil.
Initially, the FSA estimated that just 21,000 contaminated eggs had been imported into the UK, but it now seems that this figure was way off the mark.
A more accurate picture
Experts claim that it is more likely that 700,000 contaminated eggs have infiltrated into the UK. The reason that this figure has increased so significantly from initial estimates is that many of the eggs have been used in liquid form, for use in products such as cakes or sandwich fillers.
The poisonous eggs will have found their way into many supermarket products, but it’s claimed that many cafes and restaurants may have also been serving food containing the contaminated eggs.
Many products have already been withdrawn from supermarket shelves, but it’s impossible to say how many people may have already eaten food containing the tainted egg products. Shoppers are already hitting back, with sales of shop-bought sandwiches and salads down by a third.
Naturally, everyone within the food industry, from supermarkets, to restaurants and catering suppliers such as https://www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk/commercial-warewashers/commercial-dish-washers/undercounter-dishwashers, who sell undercounter dishwashers and kitchen items, will be keen to stress the importance of safety concerns, when it comes to questionable food.
Despite the furore, the FSA argues that the human health risk from eating affected eggs is low. According to The Telegraph forensic scientists claim that 20,000 eggs would need to consumed by someone all at once for them to become ill from fipronil poisoning.
The good news is that the scandal only relates to products where egg ingredients may have been used. It does not relate to fresh eggs, so you can still buy raw boxed eggs safely. If in doubt, however, check that the eggs you buy contain the British Lion symbol, which shows that the eggs have been laid in the UK and have been vaccinated against salmonella.