(Yicai Global) Aug. 17 -- The egg-contamination scandal that has led to millions of eggs being recalled from supermarket shelves in Europe will not directly affect the mainland Chinese market as no European country's egg products have been imported, a Ministry of Agriculture official said.
Fipronil was detected on eggs from Belgium and the Netherlands, information released earlier this month by the German Agriculture Ministry shows. Since then, the scare has spread to other European countries and Hong Kong.
Fipronil is used to kill fleas, mites and lice. It is listed as "moderately toxic to human beings" by the World Trade Organization, as injecting large doses of it can damage liver, kidney and thyroid function.
Under European Union laws, fipronil cannot be used on livestock that is part of the industrial food chain, and a kilogram of food can contain no more than 0.005 milligrams of fipronil residue.
Fipronil cannot be used in poultry farming in China, Jin Fazhong, the vice director of the Agriculture Products Quality and Security Supervision Bureau, said in a news conference today.