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Update on Dioxin Contamination of Egg Products

by 5m Editor
10 January 2011, at 12:44am

UK - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is providing further information about the distribution of pasteurised liquid whole egg to the UK from the Netherlands that may have been made with eggs contaminated with dioxins.

The pasteurised liquid whole egg (that is including the white and yolk) was produced using eggs from Germany that could contain levels of dioxins that are above the legal limits, according to FSA on 7 January. These eggs were subsequently mixed with non-contaminated eggs to produce pasteurised liquid egg, an ingredient used widely by the food industry when producing larger amounts of products such as cakes. Pasteurised liquid egg is commonly used by caterers and food manufacturers and is usually bought in bulk in a variety of packages including tanks, paper cartons and hermetically sealed polythene bags. These products can include liquid egg whites, liquid egg yolks, or various blends of the whites and yolks.

This pasteurised liquid egg has been supplied to two manufacturers in the UK. These are:

  • Kensey Foods, Cornwall – a division of Samworth Brothers
  • Memory Lane Cakes Ltd, Cardiff – a division of Finsbury Food Group

These manufacturers used the pasteurised liquid egg to produce a range of short shelf-life cakes and quiches, which were supplied to the major UK supermarkets.

There is no food safety risk from eating these products. The majority of products will have been sold and most have passed their 'use by' or 'best before' dates. In light of this information, some supermarkets are choosing to voluntarily remove the small amount of products that are still in date.

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