Egg contamination found on Changhua County farm

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An official conducts a food inspection in this undated file picture from Hsinchu City. Officials from Changhua County Public Health Bureau yesterday said the insecticide fipronil has been found in eggs produced at a farm in Changhua County in a recent random inspection. (Courtesy of Hsinchu City/CNA)

TAIPEI 28 (CNA) – The insecticide fipronil has been found in eggs produced at a farm in Changhua County in a recent random inspection, Kuo Chih-shan (郭至善), deputy head of the county’s Department of Agriculture, said Saturday.

The official said that the farm is located in the county’s Fangyuan Township, where about 8,000 eggs were barred from leaving the farm pending further examination.

However, the owner of the egg farm denied ever using the insecticide, leading to suspicion that the contamination might have come from insecticides used by a neighboring rice farm.

Changhua County Public Health Bureau Director Yeh Yen-po (葉彥伯) said the incident has been reported to the public health bureau in Hsinchu City, where the fipronil-polluted farm has been selling its eggs to wholesalers.

Further inspections will be conducted and tainted eggs will be taken off store shelves, Yeh added.

By Wu Che-hao and Isabel Wang