COA deputy chief Huang Jin-cheng said the council has examined all of the egg samples collected from 1,451 farms around the country, and samples from 44 farms had concentrations of the toxic insecticide exceeding 5 parts-per-billion (ppb), or 0.005 mg/kg, a maximum residue limit set by the European Union.
Based on the findings, the COA has barred all of the eggs on those 44 farms in Changhua, Nantou, Chiayi and Pingtung counties and Kaohsiung, Taichung and Tainan cities from leaving the premises. A total of 30,814 kilograms of eggs, or about 513,566 eggs, with excessive fipronil had been barred from leaving their farms, Huang said. As a result, the supply of eggs on Saturday will be cut by 700,000 to 800,000, or about 2-3 percent of Taiwan's daily egg supply, a ratio Huang said was too small to disrupt supply.
The insecticide has contaminated eggs in Taiwan after similar incidents were seen in Europe and South Korea. The COA launched an inspection of chicken farms around Taiwan from Aug. 20 as the fipronil scare hit the local market by collecting and examining samples.
Source: Taiwan News