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UK authorities play down risk to public health

AROUND 700,000 eggs implicated in a Dutch insecticide scandal have been distributed in Britain in processed food, authorities said yesterday, while playing down the risk to public health.

“It is likely that the number of eggs that have come to the UK is closer to 700,000 than the 21,000 we previously believed had been imported,” the government’s Food Standards Agency said.

“However,” it added, “as this represents 0.007 percent of the eggs we consume in the UK every year, it remains the case that it is very unlikely that there is any risk to public health from consuming these foods.”

It said the eggs had not been sold individually but were in processed foods such as sandwich fillings and salads — some of which will have already been eaten, with the rest now being withdrawn from sale.

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