Belgian town cooks giant omelette in midst of egg scandal sweeping Europe

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 August, 2017, 3:44am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 August, 2017, 3:44am

Defying rain and a tainted egg scandal that has shaken European consumers, a Belgian town has turned nearly 10,000 eggs into a giant omelette for the whole community.

Cooks and volunteers whipped up the massive concoction on Tuesday using enormous wooden utensils, an oversized and oiled pan, bacon and spring onions. They then distributed it to a hungry public.

It is an annual event in the town of Malmedy that took on greater meaning this year, as several European countries have reported receiving eggs or egg products contaminated by a pesticide.

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Several Dutch and Belgian poultry producers are under investigation, though no one has fallen ill from the eggs and health risk is considered low.

Omelette event co-founder Benedicte Mathy said organisers verified the sourcing for all the eggs used and deemed them danger-free.