While the KFDA (Ministery of Food and Drug Safety) was checking residual agricultural chemicals, the pesticide “Fipronil” was detected at a large farmhouse in Namyangju, Gyeonggi province, on the 14th of last August. “Bifenthrin,” exceeding the acceptable limit was found in another farmhouse in Gwangju, Gyeonggi province on the same day. Fipronil is a toxic substance used to get rid of harmful insects, such as ticks, mites, and fleas. WHO (the World Health Organization) has warned that a large quantity absorbed into the human body will harm organs, such as the liver and kidney. Bifenthrin is a pesticide used to exterminate chicken ticks. Although it is not banned, it has been classified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as a carcinogen.
After this issue was reported in an article, all of the major supermarkets stopped selling eggs. Large convenience stores also temporarily suspended the sale of eggs and products made with eggs. The KFDA made a statement saying that the levels of pesticide were so low that it would be safe for an adult to have 126 eggs a day for his or her whole life. Although results showed that the eggs in circulation were not harmful to the human body, distrust of the KFDA increased and consumer demand for eggs plunged.
Although shops posted notices to say that their eggs were safe, customers were still worried about safety. There was no way to find out exactly where their eggs came from. So, is our school neighborhood a safe place? The AG did a survey of shops in front of the school to find out.
Dding- dong Waffle: “Our dough doesn’t include eggs. Students don’t have to worry about the pesticides in eggs.”
Ducouple: “Most of our customers ask the source of our eggs and want to check our safety permit. As soon as the article appeared, we asked our trading farm to us send a safety permit. We have bought eggs from this farm for four years. Our eggs are safe.
Dongdeamoon Topokki: “We have bought our eggs from one farm for a long time. So, we didn’t have to throw out any eggs after the problem was reported. But our gimbab sales have declined a little. I think that our customers might be a little worried about the eggs, despite the notice we have posted. If you are worried, you can check the 52 polluted farms that have been identified on the MAFRA homepage.
In the area in front of our school, most of the shops haven’t posted safety notices. We have to ask them whether their eggs are safe, and check the safety ourselves.
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