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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 These products have now been withdrawn by the businesses involved.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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Charity reveals it treated thousands of pets with dental issues last year

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 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has revealed that its veterinary team performs dental procedures on more than 170 animals every month. Last year the charity says it extracted hundreds of teeth from more than 800 animals and carried out thousands of routine scales and polishes.

To combat the problem, Battersea is urging pet owners to get regular dental checks at their vets, implement a daily oral care routine, feed a good dental chew and only give toys that are designed for dogs, including gentle rubber toys that are less wearing on the teeth. 

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Voting opens for RCVS council elections

Eligible veterinary surgeons can now vote in this year’s RCVS Council elections. Four out of the 10 candidates are already on council and are standing for re-election: David Catlow, Mandisa Greene, Neil Smith, Susan Paterson. The remaining six candidates are not currently on council: John C Davies, Karlien Heyman, John Innes, Thomas Lonsdale, Matthew Plumtree and Iain Richards.

Further information on the candidates can be found on the RCVS website: