In the Netherlands arrested two people suspected of involvement in illegal use of insecticides on poultry farms. This scandal has affected several countries, reports Associated Press (AP).
Dutch prosecutors said Thursday, August 10 that the detainees are Directors of the company, which presumably was used in the production of fipronil is a insecticide for the control of insects (fleas, ticks).
According to prosecutors, there is evidence that the health of the population is threatened due to the use of fipronil in poultry “in the sector of eggs.” However, the Agency indicates that while reports that someone got harm, was not.
In the Netherlands in the framework of the joint action with the Belgian authorities carried out raids. In these two countries and also in Germany from supermarkets withdrew millions of eggs. In the UK, France, Switzerland and Sweden are checking the products.
AP did not specify the name of the company whose CEO was arrested, but Euronews was previously told that the focus of the investigation — the company ChickFriend. According DutchNews.nl assumes that the means for the control of insects that contains fipronil, ChickFriend put a Belgian Poultry company-Vision.
Fipronil banned for use on farms with animals and birds intended for human consumption. According to toxicologist Alfred Bernard, the substance causes dizziness and vomiting. “This is a temporary neurotoxic effect, fatal cases are extremely rare, about one case in 30 years. For that fipronil should be taken in huge doses, about half a gram. In the eggs it contains in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of times less,” — said the expert.
As indicated by Euronews, for consumers, the danger is gone, but farmers are waiting for the mass slaughter of birds and long test, after which it will be possible to resume production.