KAT statement on the current status Fipronil
Statement on the current status of the use of DEGA 16 mite control agent
Directly after the use of Fipronil in the DEGA 16 mite control agent was reported, we urged our KAT laying farms to get in touch with us immediately if they had used this agent to clean their laying stables. To our current knowledge, 142 Dutch, four German and one Belgian laying farms have purchased the DEGA 16 mite control agent. After this information became known, these establishments were immediately banned from the KAT system and are not allowed to supply the food retail trade until a sampling certifies the harmlessness of the eggs. "Against this background, today we can give the all-clear for German eggs from KAT-certified member establishments. Consumers can consume these eggs again without worrying. I would like to stress once more that this only applies to whole shell eggs and not processed eggs for egg products. I would also like to point out that I can only make this statement for KAT-certified eggs from German producers," explains Friedrich-Otto Rikpe, Chairman of the Board of the Verein für kontrollierte alternative Tierhaltungsformen e.V. (KAT).
The situation is different, however, for processed eggs, because the majority of the liquid egg produced is not certified by the KAT system.
Consumers can find further information on the online portals www.lebensmittelwarnung.de and www.bfr.bund.de. The egg stamp numbers involved are also published there. As far as eggs from KAT laying farms are concerned, consumer can get further information on our website: www.was-steht-auf-dem-ei.de. After entering the stamp number, if a KAT establishment is affected by Fipronil, the consumer is shown the statement: "'Dieser Betrieb produziert aktuell keine KAT-Ware" (This laying farm currently doesn't produce any KAT eggs.) This means that the laying farm is banned from the KAT system and doesn't supply any eggs to the food retail trade.