The egg scandal we brought you earlier this week has now grown in size threatening to engulf all of Europe. It was discovered that eggs containing harmful insecticides had been sold for human consumption.
The list of countries now affected includes Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, the UK, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Denmark, Switzerland and Hong Kong.
1 million eggs destined for Germany were recalled on the German/Netherlands border this week.
The chemical in question is fipronil, a common ingredient in veterinary products for getting rid of fleas, lice and tickets but banned from being used to treat animals that will end up in the human food chain.
The substance can cause damage to the liver, thyroid glands, and kidneys if injested in large amounts over time.
Belgian police are investigating two companies who specialise in the production of the chemical. It is thought that the chemical was used with legally allowed chemicals for hens and spliced together to improve effectiveness of lice treatment.
Dutch media have reported that the illegal mix has been used there for over a year. Its understood the egg producers also have clients in the UK, Poland and France.
It is unclear how many eggs have ended up in the human food chain as many may have already been eaten by humans.
The investigation has said it suspects the scale of the problem will increase as more farms come under investigation.
The Netherlands has nearly 1000 factory hen farms producing 11bn eggs a year half of which are exported to Germany.
Egg producers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France have now been closed as a result.