China says no risk of contamination from EU egg scare

FILE PHOTO: Eggs are packed to be sold at a poultry farm in Wortel near Antwerp, Belgium August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Agriculture ministry said on Thursday no eggs from Europe have been imported into the country, leaving no risk of contamination from a scare sweeping Europe about the use of a potentially harmful insecticide.

In a monthly ministry briefing, Jin Fazhong, deputy director at the agricultural quality and safety inspection bureau said: "There is no risk of eating poisoned eggs in China."

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.

(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Pullin)