Eggs contaminated with Fipronil

Published: 1 Sep 2017

Egg safety has been brought back into the spotlight recently as news has unfolded of contaminated eggs being found and used in processed foods in Europe, including the UK.

This has resulted in millions of eggs being pulled from supermarket shelves in more than a dozen European countries, including the UK.

According to reports, the insecticide Fipronil got into the food chain in the Netherlands, which is one of Europe's biggest egg producers, but contaminated eggs have now been found as far away as Hong Kong.

In recent updates, The Food Standards Agency has indicated that investigations into the Fipronil incident in Europe continue. It is very unlikely that these eggs pose a risk to public health, but as Fipronil is unauthorised for use in food-producing animals precautions should be taken to ensure consumers are protected. Fipronil is an anti-tick and flea pesticide which is banned in products which are destined for the human food chain.


The FSA has indicated that some of the products made from these eggs will have had a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, however, they identified some that were still within the expiry date. These are now being withdrawn by the businesses involved.

Since their previous update, eight additional products have been withdrawn, as detailed in our updated withdrawal list. These are all cake mixes that are used in the catering trade.

Products must be removed from sale if the amount of implicated egg is more than 15% of the final product. Food businesses must comply with this or show that the egg ingredient used is compliant with the EU maximum residue level.

The below link details the list of withdrawn products that the Food Standards Agency will continue to update as this investigation unfolds