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Several UK supermarkets recall egg-based items over pesticide risk

Several supermarkets in the U.K. have recalled some of their egg-based items over concerns that eggs imported from the Netherlands might be contaminated with the pesticide fipronil, Retail Gazette reported Aug. 10.

The number of eggs estimated to be contaminated with fipronil, which is known to cause nausea, dizziness and damage to internal organs in humans, was reportedly raised to 700,000 from a previous estimate of 21,000.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.-owned Asda Stores Ltd., J Sainsbury Plc and Waitrose Ltd have withdrawn some of their products from the shelves following the scare. However, the U.K.'s Food Standards Agency reportedly said the risks to public health are "very unlikely."

German grocer Aldi also halted on Aug. 4 the sale of eggs at more than 4,000 stores in the country due to possible fibronil exposure.