The demands of the Ukrainian legislation on the content of the fipronil in the chicken meat and eggs differ from the European norms and the sale of the poultry products will continue even if the fipronil is found out. The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection reported this to 112.ua explaining the threat of the European egg scandal in Ukraine.
Food Safety Service noted that the limitation on the residues of the dangerous pesticide in the products of the animal origins is not determined in Ukraine and nothing can prevent the sale of such products.
‘The maximally allowable levels of the fipronil residues are absent in Ukraine and the poultry product would be sold in the territory Ukraine without any restrictions even if we found out the fipronil residues in it’, the Food Safety Service answered.
The allowable levels of the fipronil residues are determined in the EU in the amount of 0.005 mg per kg for chicken meat and eggs.
Fipronil is extremely toxic and it is used as the pesticide for the protection of the agriculture plants and it is used to eradicate the fleas, lice and ticks in the veterinary medicine. The use of the fipronil is prohibited near animals of the food production chain, including the poultry.
It is reported that the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection imposed the temporary restrictions for import of the poultry production to Ukraine. It concerns the products from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.
‘The measure is temporary and it is imposed to warn the transfer of the dangerous poultry production to the customs area of Ukraine’, the Food Safety Service reported.
The egg scandal turned out in Europe when fipronil was found at the millions of eggs and chicken meat all over Europe. The infected poultry products were found for the first time in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the UK and then in other European countries.