What's new ? - 2017

What's new ? - 2017

Pesticide-contaminated eggs detected in South Korea

18 August, 2017

The government offered an apology for the ballooning concerns over food safety stemming from eggs contaminated with illegal insecticides or chemicals, while promising to beef up a nationwide system to prevent similar cases from recurring. "I sincerely apologize for causing inconvenience and concerns," Agriculture Minister Kim Yung-rok said in a press conference held in Sejong.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it has completed inspections on 1,239 egg farms and related facilities nationwide and found out that a total of 49 farms (4%) had used illegal insecticides.
The ministry said 37 farms were found to have above the permissible level of bifenthrin, used on agricultural crops, while eight were found to have used fipronil. Two other farms were found contaminated with flufenoxuron (IGR), while the remaining two had used etoxazole (IGR) and pyridaben.