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France orders national investigation amid Europe tainted egg scandal

The FSA said it had no evidence that eggs laid in the United Kingdom are contaminated or that Fipronil has been used inappropriately here.

"Our inspectors are monitoring poultry farms around the country", she added.

Millions of eggs have already been pulled from supermarket shelves in Europe as a result of the scare, while hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands.

Around 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms implicated in a contamination scare have been distributed to Britain - a figure far higher than the previously estimated 21,000.

A spokesperson said investigations indicated it was "very unlikely" that the eggs posed a risk to public health.

On Friday, France's Agriculture Minister Stéphane Travert said about 250,000 affected eggs had been sold in the country since April, adding that all products containing eggs from contaminated farms would be taken off the shelves.

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the scandal.

Dutch investigators on Thursday arrested two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of the pesticide Fipronil at the poultry farms that sparked the scandal. Fipronil is used to kill fleas, lice and tick in animals, but isn't allowed on those that are producing foods for human consumption.

Millions of eggs and egg-based products have been pulled from European supermarket shelves in at least 11 countries, since the scandal went public August 1.

Addressing complaints about imported eggs being used in its products, a Waitrose spokesperson claimed the supermarket uses the imported items "sometimes" when it is unable to source UK-produced ones.

"There are several raids being held in The Netherlands, in conjunction with the Belgians", Dutch public prosecution service spokeswoman Marieke van der Molen told AFP, but declined to give further details.

Last week, media reported that Aldi and Lidl supermarkets in Germany recalled millions of eggs from shelves over fears that they might have been contaminated with fipronil. However, a Belgian supplier that is believed to have colluded with the Dutch company, is also under investigation.

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