>> When the EU calls a summit, you don't expect it to be about eggs. But as millions of potentially toxic chicken eggs are pulled from European supermarket shelves, ministers and regulatory agencies are calling emergency talks. What's been dubbed Europe's egg crisis, started after warnings from the Netherlands of eggs contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil.
Now the problem seems to be spreading to 15 EU countries as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong. Police now investigating how the contamination happened. Prosecutors say they conducted eight raids in Belgium and the Netherlands, and arrested two suspects on Thursday. Directors at Dutch company Chickfriend now at the center of the scandal, they're charged with threatening public health.
Fipronil is a popular insecticide used to treat pets for fleas and ticks, but it's prohibited for use in the food chain. The World Health Organization says very large quantities can cause organ damage. Belgium and the Netherlands accusing each other of being too slow to spot and tackle the problem.
Now some supermarket chains have stopped selling eggs altogether, and millions of hens may need to be culled in the Netherlands. But it doesn't stop there, regulators voicing concern that contaminated eggs are already in the food system, in processed products, like biscuits and salads.