CONTAMINATED EGGS: TWO EXECUTIVES OF A COMPANY ARRESTED IN THE NETHERLANDS
FIBRONIL – Two suspects were arrested in the Netherlands on Thursday in connection with the investigation into the fraudulent use of the fipronil insecticide in laying hens, the Dutch prosecutor said.
While searches were carried out this Thursday morning in Belgium and the Netherlands to track the eggs contaminated with fipronil, the Dutch prosecutor announced in the early afternoon the arrest of two suspects. “These are two company executives who probably applied the product to poultry farms,” Marieke van der Molen, spokesman of the Dutch prosecutor’s office told AFP.
The company in question would be Chickfriend, specializing in the disinfection of poultry farms, according to Dutch media. The latter is pointed out, along with its Belgian supplier Poultry-Vision. In Belgium and the Netherlands, this health scandal is the subject of criminal investigations to establish the responsibilities. On Wednesday, the Belgian Minister of Agriculture accused the Netherlands of having treated lightly information about the presence of fipronil in the country’s farms, one of the largest egg exporters in the world. He asserted that a report to that effect had been received by the Dutch authorities as early as November 2016. What the Hague contested.
As a reminder, Germany also has a few farms involved and five countries have received contaminated eggs: France, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg. A preventive withdrawal of millions of eggs from supermarkets was done.