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European Union plans talks as tainted eggs scandal hits 17 countries

The European Union said Friday that it plans to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month over a growing tainted egg scandal as it revealed that products contaminated with an insecticide have now spread to 17 countries.Millions of eggs have been destroyed or pulled from supermarket shelves since July 20, when it was made public that the pesticide Fipronil, which is dangerous to human health, was found mixed with another treatment sprayed on chickens for ticks, fleas and lice, known as Dega 16.Almost all lab tests show that only very low levels of Fipronil — much lower than the maximum permitted — have been detected in eggs from the treated chickens, although one test in Belgium was above the Europea ...