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Tainted egg scandal sparks political row in Germany

Berlin - A German state minister charged Wednesday that over three times more eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil had entered the country than the national government has admitted.While Berlin puts the total at 10.

Hungary pulls tainted egg products from shelves

Budapest - Hungary on Tuesday became the latest European country to withdraw egg products imported from Germany containing the insecticide fipronil.

Two in Dutch court over tainted-eggs scandal

Zwolle - Two Dutch men appeared in court Tuesday in connection with the tainted-eggs scandal that swept Europe this month, which saw millions of eggs destroyed and caused tens of millions of euros in damages.

Dutch count massive cost of tainted-eggs scare

Den Haag - Dutch farmers and retailers on Monday were counting the costs stemming from the tainted-eggs scandal that swept Europe, saying the total ran into tens of millions of euros as two men at the scandal's centre were due to appear in court.

Experts point finger at Dutch oversight agency in egg scandal

Den Haag - Years of cuts at the Dutch food watchdog agency and a tendency among politicians to put economics ahead of public safety may be to blame for the EU's tainted-egg scandal that has spread as far as Hong Kong.

Experts point finger at Dutch oversight agency in egg scandal

Den Haag - Years of cuts at the Dutch food watchdog agency and a tendency among politicians to put economics ahead of public safety may be to blame for the EU's tainted-egg scandal that has spread as far as Hong Kong.

Experts point finger at Dutch oversight agency in egg scandal

Den Haag - Years of cuts at the Dutch food watchdog agency and a tendency among politicians to put economics ahead of public safety may be to blame for the EU's tainted-egg scandal that has spread as far as Hong Kong.

Europe's tainted egg scare reaches Spain

Madrid - Liquid egg products tainted by fipronil were discovered at a food company in northern Spain, authorities said Saturday, the first time the chemical that has caused a Europe-wide crisis has been detected in the country.

Hong Kong scrambles to inspect EU eggs as insecticide found

Hong Kong - Hong Kong is increasing inspections of eggs imported from Europe, officials said Saturday after some were found to be contaminated with an insecticide in a scandal which has now spread beyond the EU.

Hong Kong, Switzerland, 15 EU states hit by egg scandal

Brussels - Insecticide-tainted eggs from European poultry farms have now been found in Hong Kong and Switzerland as well as 15 EU countries, the European Commission said Friday.

250,000 contaminated eggs sold in France since April: minister

Paris - Nearly 250,000 insecticide-contaminated eggs have been sold in France since April, but the risk for consumers is "very low," French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said Friday.

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

Brussels - A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis.

Two arrested as Europe egg scandal spreads east

Brussels - Dutch investigators arrested two suspects Thursday in an intensified European investigation into insecticide-tainted eggs, as the scandal spread eastwards with the discovery of a tonne of contaminated yolk in Romania.

Luxembourg hit by tainted eggs scare

Luxembourg - Luxembourg became the latest European country hit by a scare over tainted eggs, with a major supermarket chain pulling them from the shelves and other firms affected, authorities said Thursday.

Uprooted entrepreneurs form 'Little Damascus' in northwest Syria

Idlib - On a bustling street in northwest Syria, young restaurateur Abdulrahim Abulezz serves up juicy chicken wraps crafted according to a traditional recipe from his hometown Daraya, which he left last year.

Belgium accuses Netherlands of tainted eggs cover-up

Brussels - Belgium accused the Netherlands on Wednesday of failing to inform it that eggs were tainted with insecticide despite knowing about the problem since last November, as Europe's latest food safety scandal deepened.

Besieged Syria town swaps meat for mushrooms

Duma - In a humid room in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, Abu Nabil inspects the pearly white mushrooms sprouting from white sacks hanging from a ceiling.

What we know about Europe's tainted eggs scandal

Brussels - Several European countries face a growing scare over millions of eggs that have been contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, which is potentially harmful to humans.

Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests

Den Haag - In a new twist in Europe's tainted egg scandal, Dutch authorities announced Tuesday they had started testing chicken meat coming from affected poultry farms to determine whether it was also contaminated.

Dutch farmers 'powerless' in the face of contaminated eggs

Ede - In the dark and silent shed of a small Dutch poultry farm, 1.8 million eggs closely packed together wait to be destroyed.In the barn, the machine that sorts and packages the eggs has been shut off and its rolling belt is starting to gather dust.

Belgium admits it kept quiet about 'tainted' eggs probe

Brussels - Belgian officials admitted Saturday they knew in early June there was a potential problem over insecticide-contaminated eggs but kept it secret because of an ongoing fraud investigation.

Aldi pulls Dutch eggs in Germany as scare widens

Berlin - Discount supermarket giant Aldi said Friday it was pulling all Dutch eggs from its shelves in Germany over an insecticide scandal that has spread to food stores across Europe.

Aldi pulls eggs from German stores over insecticide scandal

Berlin - German discount supermarket giant Aldi said Friday it was pulling all the eggs from its shelves in the country over an insecticide scandal stemming from the Netherlands.

Millions of Dutch eggs destroyed in growing insecticide scandal

Den Haag - Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany were Thursday removing millions of eggs from their shelves believed to have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal.

Tainted Dutch eggs scandal widens across borders

Den Haag - Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany moved to halt some egg sales Thursday as hundreds of thousands may have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal.

Shellfish, fire and Party praise: beach breaks, North Korea style

- Take several dozen North Korean clams. Arrange vent-down on concrete slab. Douse liberally with petrol. Ignite. Add fuel until cooked.

Food access in Syria's Raqa at 'critical turning point': NGOs

Birut - Food access in Syria's battle-torn Raqa is now at "a critical turning point," aid organisations said Monday, with markets shuttered and residents depending fully on their dwindling stockpiles.

Food quality double standards 'unacceptable' in EU: Juncker

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday promised Slovakia and other eastern European member states he would help stamp out the "totally unacceptable" sale of lower quality food products in their markets.

Automation key to McDonald's revival

Des Plaines - Fast food giant McDonald's has seen a significant rise in second quarter profits. This is being put down to new ways of working and automation, leading to increased productivity.

Gilberto Gil daughter becomes healthy food 'guru'

Rio De Janeiro - Bela Gil may be the youngest daughter of Brazilian singer and politician Gilberto Gil, but she's not riding on her father's musical coat tails.
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