Aldi Withdraws Egg Sale in Germany as a Precaution for Egg Contamination

Aldi Withdraws Egg Sale

Aldi- A discount supermarket chain has stopped selling eggs at its over four thousand stores in Germany since August 4, 2017. The supermarket chain has decided to take this step as a precaution due to a scare that has spread over insecticide contamination in the eggs. Traces of fipronil- insecticide, were noticed in eggs in Netherlands and Belgium last month. This condition has resulted in some poultry farms shutting down temporarily and supermarkets pausing the sale of eggs being imported from Netherlands.

World Health Organization has considered Fipronil moderately toxic. High doses of fipronil can lead to the feeling of dizziness and nausea. Extreme quantity of the insecticide can damage the lymph glands, liver, and kidneys. Investigators examining the matter are suspicious that the chemical has entered the eggs via a contaminated detergent used against mites, commonly known as Dega 16. This chemical is used for cleaning barns. Criminal investigations have started in Netherlands as well as Belgium.

Netherlands being the second largest agricultural exporter in the world after the United States, sells roughly five billion eggs in a year specifically to Germany. The detergent has also been supplied to many farms in Lower Saxony- a northern German state from where all the eggs are dispersed across the country, the agriculture ministry of Lower Saxony quoted. NVWA- safety watchdog for Dutch food stated only a limited type of eggs that are identifiable by certain serial numbers stood as a risk this week. However, approximately one hundred and eighty companies in the Netherlands are closed temporarily. Some companies have also culled their flock for public safety.

Several supermarket chains including Penny and REWE from Germany, have excluded and eliminated Dutch eggs from their stock. Aldi happens to be the first supreme retailer to stop selling eggs entirely irrespective of the origin. Two operators from Aldi stores in North and South mentioned in a combined statement that, “this is just a precautionary measure. There is no valid reason to assume any health risks.”

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