China says will check egg producers for use of fipronil insecticide

BEIJING – Chinese authorities said on Friday they will launch spot checks of egg producers to make sure a toxic chemical known as fipronil is not being used as a cleaning product, in animal drugs or feed after higher than acceptable levels of the insecticide were detected in farms in Europe.

The statement, posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s public website on Friday, was issued by China’s Ministry of Agriculture on Aug 23.

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