Blog: Finsbury caught up in egg scare

Michelle Russell | 7 January 2011

Finsbury Food Group has been revealed as one UK food manufacturer to have been affected by the contaminated egg scare.

The European Commission detailed how liquid egg from German farms where animal feed has been contaminated with dioxins entered the UK in processed products destined for human food. The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that there is no risk to health.

One of the firms involved is UK cake maker Finsbury. The company said that a site for its Memory Lane Cakes division received a batch of liquid egg containing a "small percentage of eggs" from a farm in Germany "potentially affected by a dioxin contaminated feed incident".

Finsbury insisted that the company has had "no confirmation that the batch of egg is contaminated with dioxin or at what level".

The batch was used to produce a range of short shelf-life cakes supplied to major UK customers. The majority of the products will have already been sold and have passed their use by date.

However, the firm said in a statement: "The board of Finsbury does not believe that there will be any significant or lasting impact on the group given the limited volume of product affected, however any product recalls that occur are covered by the company's insurance and whilst disruptive, there is no health risk."

Another firm also thought to be involved is Kensey Foods, based in Cornwall.

The European Commission said it is "closely monitoring the situation".


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