Eggs recall in UK: 700,000 distributed in UK contaminated with Fipronil pesticide. Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda withdrawn products
EGG RECALL IN UK. Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda withdraw items as FSA says 700,000 contaminated eggs have reached Britain. Four supermarkets have withdrawn products from their shelves as it emerged that 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in a contamination scare had been distributed to Britain.
‘We are reminding food businesses of their legal responsibilities,’ says the Food Standards Agency as products are recalled from major supermarkets. Around 700,000 eggs from Dutch and Belgian farms implicated in a contamination scare have been distributed to Britain, rather than the 21,000 first estimated, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said.
The insecticide Fipronil, found in the eggs, can be harmful to humans if consumed in large doses.
The Food Standards Agency said the number of contaminated eggs estimated to have reached the UK was far higher than the 21,000 first estimated, and that egg salads from Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda, and sandwiches from Waitrose and Morrisons had been withdrawn.
The FSA added that it still believed from its investigations into the fipronil contamination incident in Europe that it was very unlikely that the eggs posed a risk to public health.
Some of the products will have had a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, but some were still within the expiry date and were being withdrawn by the businesses involved.
List of products so far recalled with sell-by dates
By Sainsbury’s Ham and Egg Salad – 240g – August 9-14
By Sainsbury’s Potato and Egg Salad – 300g – August 9-14
Morrison’s Potato and Egg Salad – 250g – August 13
Morrisons Egg and Cress Sandwich – Sold in Morrisons Cafe only – August 11
Morrisons Cafe Sandwich Selection – Sold in Morrisons Cafe only – August 11
Waitrose Free Range Egg Mayonnaise – 240g – August 13
Waitrose Free Range Reduced Fat Egg Mayonnaise – 170g – August 14
Waitrose Free Range Egg and Bacon – 170g – August 14
Waitrose Free Range Egg and Bacon – 170g – August 16
Waitrose Free Range Egg Mayonnaise – 240g – August 16
Asda Baby potato and free range egg salad – N/A – August 9-14
Asda Spinach and free range egg snack pot – N/A – August 9-14
Asda FTG Ham and Cheddar ploughman’s salad bowl – N/A – Aug 9-13