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250,000 contaminated eggs sold in France since April

French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert has announced that nearly 250,000 insecticide-contaminated eggs have been sold in France since April, but the risk for consumers is "very low".

250,000 contaminated eggs sold in France since April
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A first batch of 196,000 eggs, imported from Belgium, was distributed between April 16 and May 2, and was followed by a second batch of 48,000 Dutch eggs sold by the discount retailer Leader Price between July 19 and 28, Travert told RMC radio.

“The risk for human health is very low, given the levels of fipronil detected in the contaminated eggs, but also given French habits of food consumption,” Travert said.

Fipronil is a chemical used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from farm livestock but is banned by the European Union from use in the food industry.

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At least 11 countries in Europe, including France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and Britain, have found eggs contaminated with fipronil since the scare emerged on August 1, with millions of them pulled off shelves by supermarkets.

The episode has also unleashed finger-pointing among European countries over who is to blame and whether there was a cover up.

 

 

 

 

 

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France to strip Hollywood’s Weinstein of Legion d’Honneur award

France will strip disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of the prestigious Legion d'Honneur, President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday.

France to strip Hollywood's Weinstein of Legion d'Honneur award
Harvey Weinstein after receiving the Legion d'Honneur in 2012. Photo: AFP
“I have taken steps to revoke the Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour)” from Weinstein — accused by several women of sexual harassment, groping and rape — Macron said in a televised interview.
 
Weinstein was made a knight of the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest award, in 2012 in recognition of the efforts by Miramax, the company he founded with his  brother Bob, to boost foreign films in the United States.
 
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On Thursday, Florence Darel, 49, became the fourth French actress to claim she had been harassed by Weinstein.
   
Bond star Lea Seydoux had earlier written her own account of her run-ins with Weinstein and others in an industry that she said turned a blind eye to abuse.
   
Two other French actresses, Judith Godreche and Emma de Caunes, also said they had also suffered at his hands.