China-Tainted Eggs/Hong Kong

Tainted-eggs crisis affects Hong Kong, Dutch eggs recalled

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Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China - Aug 12, 2017
1. Eggs on sale in supermarket
2. Various of announcement about contaminated eggs on website of Hong Kong Center for Food Safety
3. Various of customers selecting goods in supermarket
4. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Local resident (no name given) (starting with shot 3):
"I will check the product's origin and place of production. If the food products are from tainted areas, I will not buy them."
5. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Local resident (no name given):
"I am concerned now. I certainly will not have Dutch eggs."
6. Various of customers selecting eggs in supermarket
7. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Local resident (no name given):
"I will also check [if other goods are contaminated]. Now when I go to buy chicken, I will check where the product was produced to see if it's from affected areas."
8. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Local resident (no name given):
"After hearing this news, there is no way I will eat these eggs. They could be toxic, I will definitely avoid them."
9. Various of announcement about contaminated eggs of supermarket chain ParknShop
10. Various of customers in supermarket

Storyline


A widening contaminated eggs scandal that started in the Netherlands at the end of July, has spread to Hong Kong, with eggs for sale locally confirmed to have been tainted with unsafe levels of insecticide.

Contamination continues to spread and Hong Kong is the latest confirmed hit by the Europe eggs scandal.

The Hong Kong Center for Food Safety revealed last week that two tested samples of Dutch eggs contained excessive level of Fipronil, a highly toxic pest control chemical banned from the production of food.

It has asked shops to remove the products from shelves, and instructed the importer to initiate a recall.

Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil, the European Commission said Friday.

Millions of eggs and egg-based products have been pulled from European supermarket shelves since the scare went public on Aug. 1 and there are growing questions about who knew what, and when.

Fipronil is commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from animals but is banned by the European Union from use in the food industry. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that when eaten in large quantities, it can harm people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.

Concerns have mounted among local residents about the spread of contaminated eggs in Hong Kong.

"I will check the product's origin and place of production. If the food products are from tainted areas, I will not buy them," said a local resident.

"I am concerned now. I certainly will not have Dutch eggs," said a resident.

"I will also check [if other goods are contaminated]. Now when I go to buy chicken, I will check where the product was produced to see if it's from affected areas," a local resident expressed concern over other food.

"After hearing this news, there is no way I will eat these eggs. They could be toxic, I will definitely avoid them," said a resident.

The local food safety watchdog said eggs originally found toxic by the European Commission were not exported to Hong Kong. That would indicate the two tested samples were from a new batch of ­affected eggs.

Local supermarket chain ParknShop said it was very concerned, and pledged to closely communicate with the Center for Food Safety and to follow its instruction.

Its competitor, Wellcome, went further and claimed its customers could obtain a refund on the purchase of eggs from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Official statistics show, in the first five months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 927,000 eggs from the Netherlands.

The Hong Kong Center for Food Safety said no new sample of contaminated eggs was found over the past week, but it has taken precautionary measures. All eggs imported from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium will be held for testing before they can be released to the market.

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  • ID : 8058178
  • Published : 2017-08-12 21:13
  • Last Modified : 2017-08-12 21:13:32
  • Location : Hong Kong,China
  • Category : health,human interest
  • Duration : 1'25
  • Audio Language : Chinese/Nats
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 2
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