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Britain raises estimate of imported contaminated Dutch eggs to 700,000 from 21,000

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Britain raises estimate of imported contaminated Dutch eggs to 700,000 from 21,000

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Britain’s Food Standards Agency says it now fears at least 700,000 Dutch eggs tainted with a pesticide banned in food production, fipronil, have made their way into Britain.

It was previously thought only 21,000 eggs had entered the UK market.

Several EU countries, including France, Germany, Sweden and Belgium are currently hunting down the eggs that have entered their markets. On Wednesday the Belgians accused the Dutch of having known about the contamination since the end of last November, but doing nothing to prevent their sale.