You couldn’t really make it up: for a long time now, the perceived wisdom has been that eating caged eggs is a bad choice for society, to the extent that today they are frowned upon, some supermarkets have stopped selling them altogether , and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries wants to phase them out completely by 2035.
But a study carried out by the DTU Food Institute and the Danish Food and Drug Administration, the results of which were reported yesterday by DR, claims that the harmful cancer-causing PFAS substances that have recently been found in Danish groundwater and rainwater have also been discovered in organic egg yolks.
While PFAS have also been detected in caged and free-range eggs, the presence is minimal compared to the amounts found in the organic eggs.
Presumably extracted from fishmeal in the feed
“There are very few PFAS substances in the conventional eggs,” revealed Kit Granby, associate professor at the DTU Food Institute and lead author of the study, which examined eggs from over 20 organic egg suppliers together with a number of other producers.
“The substances have been found in eggs from producers throughout the country. The conclusion is that it comes from the chickens’ feed.”
The study concludes that PFAS is present in fishmeal, which would be linked to the frequent discoveries of the substance in groundwater and rainwater.
Children are vulnerable if they eat lots of organic eggs
The DTU Food Institute warns that the most exposed segment of the population as a result of the study’s conclusions are children aged four to nine who eat more than 2.5 organic eggs per week. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration agrees and suggests that the general population should limit themselves to only two eggs per week for the foreseeable future.
“PFAS are not substances that make you acutely ill, but if you consume excessive amounts over several years, they can damage the immune system – for example by reducing the effectiveness of childhood vaccinations, increasing blood cholesterol and reducing birth weight.” Granby added.
“Our investigations clearly indicate that the unwanted substance has been transferred to the eggs via fishmeal in the chicken feed. Therefore, a replacement with a non-contaminated feed ingredient within a few weeks could significantly reduce the content of PFAS in the eggs.”
Members of Parliament who sought answers want more answers
Members of Parliament, who are already outraged by the discovery of PFAS substances in Danish rainwater, now want answers about the eggs.
“It’s scary. This story is one of a long series of stories that will run for a while yet,” says SF’s environmental spokesman, Carl Valentin.
“It’s a huge problem, and it’s everywhere in many of the everyday products we have. Therefore, drastic steps must be taken, first and foremost with a national ban on the use of these PFAS substances, together with a major action plan.”
Conservative Member of Parliament Mette Abildgaard agreed that action is needed as soon as possible. “I hope the minister doesn’t spend a long time acquiring a lot of new knowledge because we already have a lot of knowledge and I think we just have to get going,” she said.
Source: The Nordic Page