The EU egg scandal caught the headlines this summer. The economically motivated adulteration of food has been estimated to cost the food industry up to $40 billion per year. This burden is borne by industry, regulators and ultimately consumers.
A snowballing scandal over an insecticide in eggs has revived discussions around food safety. The total damage of the fiprinol scare to the Dutch food industry alone will run into the tens of millions of euros. The continuous challenge is to develop better and quicker methods to detect biological and/or chemical contaminants in food products.
At the time of writing, the 2017 fipronil egg scandal had affected 17 nations worldwide, according to EU officials. This includes 15 European Union Member States, plus China and Switzerland. EU trade and agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario said that farms have also been blocked in France and Germany. Checks are being conducted on chickens bred for meat over concerns that they, too, may have been treated with fipronil. The impact of releasing an unsafe product to the market can be devastating.
The full article is published in The World of Food Ingredients and written by Maartje Geraedts.
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