Chicken farms in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France were shut down following revelations of fipronil's use.
European Union countries that received tainted eggs also included Britain, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Denmark. Heavy and prolonged exposure can damage the kidneys and liver or cause seizures.
Mr Travert said on RMC radio that some 244,000 eggs imported from the Netherlands and Belgium and sold in France were affected. A US egg producer has recalled more than 200 million chicken eggs apparently contaminated with salmonella bacteria after hundreds of people have become sick, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Britain said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public health.
The eggs were sold to cafes and catering firms, making the Scandinavian country the 10th to be affected.
"Because the content is illegal, Danæg Products must withdraw the eggs from their customers".
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She noted that there are rapid alert systems that should be used if consumers are at risk.
Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) said last Friday it found two samples of eggs from the Netherlands to have exceeded local fipronil limits.
Contamination has not been confirmed, but they came from farms where contaminated eggs were found.
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He added that the deaths "could be (due to) natural (causes), as many patients admitted at the hospital are serious". Over the years, there have been a number of other such gut-wrenching tragedies resulting in high death tolls.