German authorities have carried out several recalls of chicken eggs due to the presence of fipronil in excess of the maximum residue limit. Contaminated eggs come from the Netherlands.
The MRL for fipronil in chicken eggs is set at 0,005 mg/kg via Regulation EC N° 1127/2004 amending Regulation EC N°396/2005.
Fipronil is an anti-tick substance commonly used in insecticidal collars for dogs and cats. It is prohibited in the treatment of food-producing animals, as it is dangerous to the liver, kidneys and thyroid, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
European authorities had notified on 20 July 2017 the presence on the Belgian market of eggs contaminated with fipronil (between 0,0031 and 1,2 mg/kg).
Following this information message, BfR carried out a health risk assessment of the residues of fipronil measured in chicken eggs. This assessment was made on the basis of an acute reference dose (ARfD) exceeding 0,009 mg per kg body weight for fipronil. ARfD is defined as the quantity of a substance per kilogram body weight that can be
ingested with one meal or within one day without any recognisable risk to the consumer.
Calculations were performed with the highest measured value of the levels of fipronil in eggs (1,2 mg of fipronil per kg of eggs). On the basis of this level and the health reference values, the BfR arrives at the following conclusion : ARfD for children is exceeded.
This does not necessarily mean that chicken egg consumption poses a concrete health risk, but it indicates a health risk is possible for children with the required margin of safety after consuming these contaminated chicken eggs.
Please note that your Phytocontrol laboratory is able to perform this analysis within 3 to 5 days. Do not hesitate to contact our regional agencies for your emergencies, we can analyze your samples in 24 hours on request.
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