-- Upon learning a notice issued by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) that certain eggs produced in the Netherlands were detected to contain a pesticide, fipronil, at levels which might cause adverse health effects and consumption of the affected eggs were not advised, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has been closely following up on the incident and monitoring its latest development. It has also contacted major local importers and conducted inspections on major retail outlets.
-- According to information and egg codes of the eggs concerned published by the Dutch authorities, investigation by the CFS showed that the affected batches of the product not fit for consumption as advised by the Dutch authorities have not been imported into Hong Kong. For the sake of prudence, the CFS has collected two samples of Dutch eggs of a different batch at retail level for testing. The test results showed that the two samples contained fipronil at levels of 0.064 parts per million (ppm) and 0.055 ppm, respectively, exceeding the maximum residue limit of 0.02 ppm as stipulated in local legislation.