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Canaries “not at risk from contaminated eggs” 

Health chiefs in the Canary Islands are calling for calm amidst the bad eggs storm and assured that there is no contamination in the archipelago.

“To date, there are none in Spain or in the Canaries,” said a spokesman.

The bad eggs have been detected in several countries in Europe and most recently in France, having been infected by the insecticide fipronil.

The Canary assurance has been given by the Head of Food Security of the General Directorate of Public Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Francisco Martín León.

At the same time, the Spanish Agency for Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition (Aecosan) issued a statement, stating that, from the information provided by the European authorities, it could confirm that “so far” no eggs contaminated by the aforementioned insecticide had been distributed in Spain.

In a statement to Spanish newspaper Diario de Avisos, Sr. León pointed out that in the countries where infected eggs had been found (Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, France, UK, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden) measures had been taken such as immediate withdrawal of these products and blocking the production of farms being investigated for the use of fipronil, a pesticide used to kill lice and fleas but prohibited for food production, such as eggs.

He also sent a message of calm, stressing that Spain is in the European Alert Network, which “is fast in information and works well.”

He also said the possibility of contaminated eggs appearing in Spain was very very slim as the warning and preventative system worked very well.