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Belgians crack on with giant omelette despite toxic egg scandal

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Belgians crack on with giant omelette despite toxic egg scandal

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Europe’s toxic egg scandal is no yoke – but that didn’t stop Belgians feasting on a giant omelette.

The 10,000-egg creation, cooked in a four-metre wide pan, is part of a 22-year tradition in the eastern city of Malmedy.

It was served up despite millions of chicken eggs having been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, which is forbidden in the food chain and can cause organ damage in humans.

Hundreds of people gathered in the eastern Belgian city of Malmedy undeterred by the scare and the president of the local branch of the giant omelette fraternity, Benedicte Mathy, said she was confident Tuesday’s dish was safe to eat.