Authorities in the Netherlands are testing chicken meat that originated in farms that produced eggs that were contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil.
A spokesman for the Dutch food security agency NVWA said the meat being tested came from “a few dozen” farms that produce both eggs and raise chickens for meat. Farms that test negative for Fipronil residues in the meat will be able to resume poultry sales.
As many as 180 Dutch farms were closed by NVWA amid the contaminated egg crisis. Fipronil is not legal for use in chickens in the Netherlands, and in at least one farm had such a high level of contamination that they represent what NVWA considers “acute danger.”
The crisis has spread beyond the Netherlands. As a precautionary measure, Aldi last week removed all eggs from its roughly 4,000 grocery stores in Germany.
The U.K. Food Standards Agency, on its website, reported that only a small number of eggs from affected Dutch farms have been distributed to the U.K. It estimated that the number of eggs involved represents only about 0.0001 percent of the eggs imported into the U.K. each year.
Dutch authorities begin testing chicken meat as contaminated eggs scandal widens
Dutch authorities have reportedly started testing chicken meat originating from farms found to have produced eggs contaminated with insecticide.