After the discovery of egg products, containing traces of the chemical fipronil in a number of European countries, the Directorate for Environmental Health in Malta, has over the past weeks made a series of tests on samples of imported and local eggs. These samples were sent to an accredited laboratory in Germany.
The results showed that 8 out of 20 samples had traces of fipronil. While the use of this substance is not permissible, the amounts found do not reach toxicity levels. However, as a precaution, the Public Health Superintendent has advised that until further notice, a person should not consume more than two eggs a day.
The Commission for Food Security, the Directorate of Veterinary Services and the Directorate for Environmental Health have already taken steps to halt the sale of contaminated eggs to the local market and perform further testing.