ROME (Sputnik) — Over 90,000 eggs and approximately 30,000 hens in Italy were seized Wednesday due to detection of the fipronil insecticide, local police said.
Since early August, millions of chicken eggs have been recalled from the shelves of European stores over fears that they might have been contaminated with fipronil. Eggs contaminated with the insecticide have been detected in at least 15 EU member states, as well as in Switzerland, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Fipronil is a broad-spectrum insecticide used to treat lice, fleas and ticks, and in large quantities, it can cause liver, kidney and thyroid gland damage. The chemical is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a moderately hazardous substance.
On September 26, the European Commission will convene a meeting of relevant ministers and representatives of national supervisory bodies to discuss the egg situation. The meeting will bring together the countries where contaminated eggs have been found, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.