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700,000 contaminated eggs distributed to Britain
The products affected are processed foods in which egg is in one ingredient among many others.
Supermarkets withdraw products over Fiponil concerns

The number of eggs contaminated with Fipronil that have come to the UK from the Netherlands is closer to 700,000 than the 21,000 previously thought, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

The products affected are processed foods in which egg is one ingredient among many others, mostly used in sandwich fillings or other chilled foods. It is not thought that fresh eggs are affected.

While some of these products have a short shelf life and will have already been consumed, the FSA identified some that were still within the expiry date. These products have now been withdrawn by the businesses involved.

“I’m confident that acting quickly is the right thing to do. The number of eggs involved is small in proportion to the number of eggs we eat, and it is very unlikely that there is a risk to public health,” said Heather Hancock, chairman of the FSA.

“Based on the available evidence there is no need for people to change the way they consume or cook eggs. However, Fipronil is not legally allowed for use near food-producing animals and it shouldn’t be there.”

According to the FSA, the figure of 700,000 represents 0.007 per cent of the eggs consumed in the UK every year. The majority of eggs (85 per cent) are laid here and there is currently no evidence to suggest that they are contaminated of that Fipronil has been used inappropriately.

The FSA stressed that the decision to withdraw the affected products is not due to food safety concerns, but is based on the fact that Fipronil is not authorised for use in food-producing animals.

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Giraffe Conservation Foundation named BVNA’s charity of the year

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 BVNA president Wendy Nevins has named The Giraffe Conservation Foundation as the association’s charity of the year for 2017/2018.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation dedicates its work to a sustainable future for wild giraffe populations. Wendy Nevins said: ‘I have chosen the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for the BVNA Charity of the Year because I have always thought Giraffes were magnificent animals.

‘I also think it is important that we look at the wider issue of conservation and education across all species.’  

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Scientists win award for openness in animal research

UK scientists have won an award for the 360ş Laboratory Animal Tours project, which offered the public an online, interactive tour of four research facilities that are usually restricted access.

The project won a public engagement award at the Understanding Animal Research (UAR) Openness Awards, which recognise UK research facilities for transparency on their use of animals in research, as well as innovation in communicating with the public.

The tour was created by the Pirbright Institute, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and MRC Harwell Institute.