HONG KONG – Authorities in Hong Kong have tightened sanitary controls of eggs imported from Europe, after two consignments coming in from the Netherlands were found to have excessive levels of insecticide fipronil earlier this month.
Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) expressed deep concern over the situation on Saturday, but clarified that no new cases of contaminated eggs have been found since Aug. 4, and that more stringent control checks were being carried out on products coming in from Europe.
Secretary for Food and Health, Sophia Chan, specifically urged for checks on eggs from the Netherlands and Belgium, although she added that control measures extended to all of Europe.
Two batches of Dutch brown eggs were found to contain fipronil at 0.064 parts per million (ppm) and 0.055 ppm, exceeding the maximum residue limit of 0.02 ppm.
Hong Kong’s supermarket chain PARKnSHOP has put up sign in its stores in recent days notifying customers that it “does not sell eggs from the Netherlands,” and that imported eggs on the shelves are safe to consume, according to an epa photographer.
In the first five months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 927,000 poultry eggs from the Netherlands, according to the CFS.