Millions of chickens face cull in Europe health scandal

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AFP

© dpa/AFP | German authorities have stepped up testing of residue on eggs since it emerged an insecticide dangerous for human consumption was used on chickens in the Netherlands and Belgium.

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Millions of chickens could be culled in the Netherlands over fears of insecticide-tainted eggs, an industry body said as Belgium vowed full transparency Monday about why it kept the scandal secret.Supermarkets in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland have pulled millions of eggs from the shelves after fipronil, a substance potentially dangerous to humans, was found in them.

Dutch farming organisation LTO said that several million hens may need to be culled at 150 companies in the country, with 300,000 having already been killed.

An LTO spokesman said late Sunday that they “had to be eliminated because of contamination”.

Belgium’s agriculture minister meanwhile said he had ordered the country’s food safety agency to report by…

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