Eggs in Singapore safe for consumption: AVA

The eggs sold in Singapore are safe for consumption, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said yesterday, after concerns were raised over an ongoing tainted egg scandal that recently spread to Hong Kong from Europe.

AVA said in a Facebook post yesterday afternoon that Singapore does not import eggs from the affected countries in Europe.

According to the BBC, farms were shut in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France after the authorities found their eggs contained fipronil - a substance used to kill lice and ticks on animals. Fipronil is banned by the European Union for use in the food industry.

Sixteen EU countries imported the affected eggs. Among them are Britain, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark.

Outside of the EU, Switzerland and Hong Kong were also affected. Reports broke on Friday that the scandal had spread to Asia.

Hong Kong reported finding eggs from the Netherlands that had been contaminated with fipronil, said the European Commission, without giving further details.

AVA said Singapore's egg supply comes from local and Malaysian hen egg farms. "We regularly inspect and conduct sampling of the eggs and hen farms to ensure compliance with our food safety and animal health standards and requirements," said AVA.

"In view of the recent issue of fipronil contamination, we have tested locally produced and imported eggs, and found them free from fipronil."

AVA said it will continue to monitor the situation in Europe and work with stakeholders to ensure eggs in Singapore are safe for consumption.

Lydia Lam

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 13, 2017, with the headline 'Eggs in Singapore safe for consumption: AVA'. Print Edition | Subscribe