August 17th, 2017
Fipronil Analysis for Eggs and Egg Products



Over the past weeks, health and government agencies have confirmed that in several countries of Europe, eggs have been contaminated with Fipronil, a pesticide, which can be found in domestic insecticides, acaricides and pet care products. However, the use of Fipronil on livestock is strictly forbidden and even though it is moderately toxic for humans, it is highly toxic to fish, aquatic invertebrates and bees.

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What happened?

This crisis actually sparkled in the Netherlands, where hens were treated against red louse with Dega-19, which contaminated eggs that were then distributed throughout Europe.

Since the beginning of August, millions of eggs have been destroyed and egg products removed from the shelves of supermarkets and stores. Contaminated eggs have been discovered mainly in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

For eggs, European legislation sets the maximum residue level for Fipronil in Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 at 0.005 mg/kg. Fipronil residues have been identified above this level.

Mérieux NutriSciences takes this very seriously, and provides a whole range of tests according to your needs.

3 types of pesticides screening levels are available as follows:
250 inspected substances – eggs and egg-related products
354 inspected substances – processed food containing egg-related products
597 inspected substances – poultry meat and by-products

We also offer the opportunity to test only Fipronil and its metabolites

Interested in Fipronil testing?

Good to know:

Tests compliant to European standard EN 15662:2009
Quantification from 0.001mg/kg to 0.005mg/kg on a wide variety of matrices, including baby food
Competitive turn-around time
Rush service available upon request