2017 in review: the top 20 stories

Dec 2017

Fiprinol: an egg scandal of wide reaching proportions

One of the biggest food scandals of 2017 largely occurred in the vast Dutch egg sector during the summer months. In August, the Dutch food and product safety barred 180 poultry farms from sending their eggs to market because they were concerned they may be contaminated with fipronil,a pesticide used to control lice and fleas in poultry. The saga could have devastating long-term effects for the sector, with fickle advice from regulators strongly criticized. But some Dutch egg manufacturers that were not directly affected did enjoy a relatively good 2017, benefiting from rising prices on low stocks.

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