European Commission (EC) takes part in the issue of the contaminated eggs. EC executive has decided today to open an investigation to see if Belgium has reacted late in the scandal of fipronil, an insecticide banned for food use in the European Union.
The case now affects a total of seven countries: Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland.
Community spokeswoman Mina Andreeva has confirmed today that there is an open investigation into Belgium, the authority responsible for food safety in the country, Afsca, detected this substance in egg cartons for first time in June.
However, it was not until 20 July that it informed the Community authorities through the European Rapid Alert System (Rasff), which allows the other Member States to be vigilant and even strengthen the controls if they deem it necessary.
According to published analyses, it was a Dutch farm that used this treatment, but it was a Belgian company in the province of Antwerp, which provided the substance, whose trade is legal, but not for food use.
The alert has caused a lot of confusion both in Belgium and in the Netherlands, although for the moment the EC has only initiated a specific action against Belgium, with the opening of an investigation.
Until today, Belgium has tried to reassure consumers and has ensured that the levels detected on the country’s farms have not exceeded the risk limits, but in a series of complementary analyses, the agency concludes today that one of the companies analysed has exceeded the “safe” limit.
The Belgian Government will give explanations tomorrow in an extraordinary debate in the federal Parliament, in which the Belgian Ministers of Agriculture and Health will attend.
Reports from Brussels, Monica Faro for the EFE Agency. (August 8, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)
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Exercise of comprehension B.1
Lee la noticia y responde las preguntas. (Read the news and answer the questions)
del aprobación de nuevos controles de seguridad alimentaria.
de la prohibición del consumo de huevos en todos los países de la UE.
de la decisión de la CE en relación con un producto alimenticio que está contaminado.
la UE va a investigar a Bélgica.
la UE todavía no ha decidido lo que hará.
la UE ha decidido no hacer nada.
No se sabe.
el fipronil se puede utilizar en todos los productos alimenticios.
los huevos contaminados estaban libres de fipronil.
no está permitido el uso del fipronil en productos alimenticios.
No se sabe.
todo el mundo está tranquilo en Bélgica a pesar del escándalo.
Bélgica está intentando calmar a los consumidores.
el Gobierno belga no da mucha importancia al asunto.
No se sabe.