Belgium's Malmedy makes giant omelet in defiance of egg scare

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

The insecticide, which can harm human health, has since been discovered in eggs in 14 other European countries since the scandal came to light on August 1 and has even been found as far afield as Hong Kong.

You can not make a giant omelette without breaking thousands of eggs, health scare or not, and the small Belgian town of Malmedy is determined its annual festival is going ahead come what may. Food safety officials are investigating several Belgian and Dutch egg producers over potential contamination of the fipronil insecticide. Some 180 poultry farms have been temporarily shut. Volunteer cooks used a huge pan and wooden utensils to cook the massive concoction of bacon, eggs, and green onions.

Defying the tainted egg scandal that recently shook European consumers, a small town in Belgium did the unthinkable by making an omlette with 10,000 eggs for its annual festival. The entire community enjoyed eating the traditional omelet.

The president of the local branch of the giant omelet fraternity, Benedicte Mathy, said she was confident the dish was safe to eat.

"We were hit full-on by the tainted eggs scare", Rene Bourguignon said as he waited to prepare the omelette. He said, "People have confidence in us. One can not organise a festival like ours without taking precautions", she said. The annual giant omelette festival has been going on for more than 20 years now and locals and tourists alike lined up to sample the egg-cellent omelette. "Personally, there's no way I could eat all that", said Chleck.

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