MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Korean Times, the ministries inspected a total of 876 farms, discovering fipronil or bifenthrin, both used for treating livestock pest diseases, in eggs produced at 62 officially approved organic farms and four non-organic farms. The government continues probing the produce at 363 other farms.
On Wednesday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon to oversee the handling of the food contamination scare after eggs containing fipronil, a hazardous insecticide, were detected in the country. The concern was triggered after a number of countries around the world, including Belgium, Denmark, South Korea and Hong Kong, have found eggs contaminated with the fipronil insecticide recently.
The scandal over contaminated eggs is gaining power around the world. According to reports, apart from South Korea, eggs contaminated with fipronil have been detected in 15 European Union member states, as well as in Switzerland and Hong Kong.
In large quantities fipronil can cause liver, kidney and thyroid gland damage. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists fipronil as a "moderately hazardous" substance.