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EU Commission Says Infected Eggs Spread To 17 Nations

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An employee packs a box with trays of fresh eggs inside an egg farm in the West Flanders region of Belgium on Thursday Aug. 10 2017

Chan said the CFS took action after two egg samples imported from the Netherlands were found to contain excessive insecticide earlier this month.

The owner said his Spanish eggs had already been checked for chemicals, but that the U.S. and Hong Kong offerings may be "safer".

Fipronil is used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from animals but is banned by the European Union from use in the food industry.

Millions of eggs have been destroyed or pulled from supermarket shelves since July 20, when it was made public that the pesticide Fipronil, which is risky to human health, was found mixed with another treatment sprayed on chickens for ticks, fleas and lice, known as Dega 16.

It is unclear how many affected eggs have been delivered in total.

EU Trade and Agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario said on Friday that farms were shut down in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France after authorities confirmed that fipronil had been used.

But the insecticide can damage people's kidneys and livers if eaten in large quantities. The countries that have received the eggs are Britain, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark, along with non-EU Switzerland and Hong Kong, BBC reported.

"As far as the retail level is concerned, they have also retracted the problematic eggs, as well as increased the surveillance on eggs, especially (those) coming from European countries", Chan said.

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of fipronil, which can be harmful to humans, was made public on August 1.

A spokeswoman in Brussels said the situation was "evolving by the day", as criminal investigators continued to hold two men arrested on Thursday for fraud following a series of raids in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Local supermarket chain ParknShop said it was "very concerned" and pledged to "closely communicate" with the centre and "follow its instruction".

"Food safety is Wellcome's first priority".

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