Romanian poultry producers assure eggs from professional farms are safe to eat

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Romania's poultry producers under the umbrella of the Poultry Breeders Union (UCPR) assure that Romanian poultry farms do not use broad spectrum insecticide Fipronil to eradicate parasites, UCPR said in a release this week.

"Under European legislation, the use of this insecticide on animals intended for human consumption is banned. Romanian poultry farmers are required by law to check the level of chemical residues in poultry products, both through official controls and through self-controls," the document states, adding that no such chemical residues were revealed by the checks carried out by the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) in the specialized laboratories under its authority.

"The analysis data sheets issued by authorized laboratories as a result of official controls and self-checks for pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, antinematode compounds, rodenticides) are in line with national and European legislation. We mention that Romanian poultry farms are permanently monitored by ANSVSA and the results are recorded in thousands of compliance analysis data sheets annually. We assure the public that poultry products from Romanian professional farms are safe for human consumption," the release reads.

Inspectors of the Timis County Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Department seized on August 9 one tonne of Fipronil-tainted liquid egg yolk coming from Germany, in an action carried out following a notification received through the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

The European Commission announced that 15 EU states are affected by the widening tainted eggs scandal, Reuters and DPA report.

The tainted eggs were distributed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, UK, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark, and in two non EU countries, specifically Switzerland and Hong Kong, said EC spokesman Daniel Rosario. AGERPRES (RO — author: Florin Barbuta, editor: Nicoleta Gherasi; EN — author/editor: Simona Klodnischi)

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