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South Korea destroying eggs contaminated with insecticides

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Staff Writer | August 17, 2017
South Korea on Thursday began to destroy all eggs contaminated with harmful insecticides in a move to quell public anxiety about food safety.
South Korea destroying eggs
Asia   876 out of the 1,239 registered farms
"The government is tracking all tainted eggs and will discard them," Agriculture Minister Kim Yung-rok said in a National Assembly session. "We will publish all information on the quarantine inspections and measures online."

He also offered an apology for the latest food scare, which broke Tuesday when eggs from three local farms were first found to have been contaminated by pesticides.

Eggs from six farms were found to contain fipronil, a pesticide designed to control ants, cockroaches and other insects, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said. It also noted that 26 farms were polluted with bifenthrin, which is used on agricultural crops.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies both bifenthrin and fipronil as "possible human carcinogens."

The government has so far inspected 876 out of the 1,239 registered farms across the country and imposed a temporary ban on the sale of eggs at local retailers and supermarkets to ensure eggs contaminated with the harmful insecticides do not reach consumers.