By: Yang Su-min, Milly Lin and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) Excessive levels of the highly toxic insecticide fipronil has been found in eggs produced at farms in Changhua County, Council of Agriculture (COA) deputy head Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said Tuesday.
Chen confirmed the presence of Fipronil when asked to comment on local media reports that the insecticide has contaminated eggs in Taiwan after similar incidents were seen in Europe and South Korea.
Agricultural authorities tested egg samples from 45 farms around the island and found those from three farms in Changhua to be contaminated with the insecticide at concentration levels of 153 parts-per-billion(ppb), 22ppb, and 5ppb, respectively, Chen said.
Those farms are now subject to strict controls that prohibit any eggs from leaving their premises, Chen said. [FULL STORY]