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CFS narrows scope of hold and test arrangements for poultry eggs at import level
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (September 28) said that in view of the fact that the European Union (EU) Ministerial Conference on the follow-up of the fipronil incident was held earlier and a co-ordinated EU-wide monitoring plan on the presence of illegally used substances in eggs and poultry meat was implemented immediately, as well as there was no new development of the incident, the CFS has decided to narrow the scope of the arrangement for holding poultry eggs from all EU countries for testing at import level to cover five EU countries only, namely the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Italy, with immediate effect.
     A spokesman for the CFS said, "As a precautionary measure, the CFS has held the poultry eggs imported from all EU countries for testing at import level since August 14. The Centre has been closely monitoring the development of the incident. According to the information we have obtained, except for poultry eggs from these five countries which were involved in the incident, there is no information showing that there is illegal use of fipronil in poultry eggs in other EU countries. We will continue to hold poultry eggs from these five countries for testing at import level, and they will only be released to the market upon satisfactory test results. Since the incident, other than the unsatisfactory samples which were announced earlier, the CFS has collected 160 samples of poultry eggs and egg products for chemical testing (including testing for fipronil) and all test results were satisfactory."
     The CFS will continue to monitor the latest development of the incident and suitably adjust the follow-up action to safeguard food safety and public health.
Ends/Thursday, September 28, 2017
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