Food Officials: 700K Pesticide-Contaminated Eggs Sent to Britain

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Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Thursday said about 700,000 eggs likely contaminated with the pesticide Fipronil entered the country and have probably already been eaten—far more than officials previously thought.

The eggs came from farms in the Netherlands and were used as one ingredient in processed foods, such as sandwich fillings. The FSA initially estimated 21,000 contaminated eggs entered Britain.

The eggs in question represent 0.007% of eggs consumed in Britain every year, the FSA said—adding

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