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Egg scandal: Dutch watchdog under scrutiny

The heavily-burdened agency suffers from staff shortage; critic says economic considerations take priority

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Eggs being packed at a poultry farm in Hesbaye region near Namur, Belgium. Over the years, the farming industry started to largely "regulate itself and agrarian motives got the priority", says investigative journalist and food writer Marcel van Silfhout.

The Hague

YEARS of cuts at the Dutch food watchdog agency and a tendency among politicians to put economics ahead of public safety may be to blame for the European Union's (EU) tainted-egg scandal that has spread as far as Hong Kong.

Millions of eggs have been pulled from

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