Belgian town cooks giant omelette amid egg scare

Members of The World Fraternity of Knights of the Giant Omelette, created in 1973, honouring their 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelette despite an egg contamination scare. They cooked 10,000 eggs in a 4m-wide pan over an open fire as musi
Members of The World Fraternity of Knights of the Giant Omelette, created in 1973, honouring their 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelette despite an egg contamination scare. They cooked 10,000 eggs in a 4m-wide pan over an open fire as music played.PHOTO: REUTERS

MALMEDY (Belgium) • A Belgian town honoured its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelette despite an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a 4m-wide pan.

Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, which is forbidden in the food chain and can cause organ damage in humans.

Hundreds of people gathered in the eastern Belgian city of Malmedy undeterred by the scare and the president of the local branch of the giant omelette fraternity, Ms Benedicte Mathy, said she was confident Tuesday's dish was safe to eat.

Under a timid Belgian sun and with music playing, they tucked into the eggs cooked over an open fire by the World Fraternity of Knights of the Giant Omelette, which was created in 1973.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2017, with the headline 'Belgian town cooks giant omelette amid egg scare'. Print Edition | Subscribe