COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the contaminated egg scare in Europe (all times local):
France's agriculture minister says tests on imported eggs contaminated with pesticide show no risk to public health.
Stephane Travert said on RMC radio Friday that some 244,000 eggs imported from the Netherlands and Belgium and sold in France were affected by the contamination from pesticide Fipronil. They are among millions of contaminated eggs sold in several European countries, prompting a continent-wide food safety scare.
Travert said test results received overnight from the French food safety agency on affected eggs and egg products showed "the level of contamination does not present a risk for the consumer."
It's believed that the insecticide got into the food chain when it was illegally added to a product used to treat poultry for lice, fleas and ticks.
Danish food safety authorities say 20 tons of boiled and peeled eggs linked to the pesticide scandal in the Netherlands and Belgium were sold in recent months to a distributor in Denmark, which in turn sold them to canteens, cafes and catering companies in the country.
The Veterinary and Food Administration says samples analyzed in the Netherlands showed traces of Fipronil, but "not at a harmful level."
The agency said Thursday the Danish distributor, Danaeg Products, has been ordered to recall the eggs because "the content is illegal" but "not dangerous."
The Danish watchdog added that Danaeg Products bought the eggs from an unnamed Belgian subcontractor.