Pesticide found in thousands of Dutch eggs
Joanna Cummings |
Millions of eggs in 15 European countries have been removed from sale after elevated levels of Fipronil were detected. EU regulations state the maximum residue limit for Fipronil is 0.005 mg/kg – but some eggs were found to contains values of over 0.72 mg/kg.
Michael Nielen (Principal Scientist, Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands), believes a problem of this size underlines the need for portable, easy-to-use analytical instrumentation: “Given the scale of the scandal, the availability of on-site food analysis, such as portable MS/MS, would potentially speed-up risk management by food safety agencies, while reducing economic loss and restoring consumer confidence.” Read more about the potential of handheld food analyzers.
The Netherlands food safety agency are currently believed to be carrying out spot checks on poultry farms (using LC/MS/MS) to ascertain whether chicken meat has also been contaminated.