Fresh increase in benchmark price of eggs

Fresh increase in benchmark price of eggs

The national benchmark price of eggs in Belgium, set each week at an auction in Kruishoutem, West Flanders, went up by 2.5% on Wednesday. For battery-cage eggs, the increase topped 5%. The price of eggs had already gone up by 6% last week in the wake of the crisis sparked by the contamination of eggs with the insecticide Fipronil, since producers and business people felt that the foreign demand for eggs, mainly in the Netherlands and Germany, would continue to rise. The price of a white egg coming from a…

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Rail fare increase signals light at the end of the tunnel for UK inflation

Rail fare increase signals light at the end of the tunnel for UK inflation

Rail commuters facing a steep 3.6% increase in ticket prices might find it tough to accept but there is light at the end of the tunnel for UK inflation. Rising prices have been one of the big economic stories of the past 12 months, but for the past two months the financial markets have been surprised by the weakness of cost-of-living pressures. The reason for that is simple: the two factors that have been driving inflation higher since the summer of 2016 – higher global oil prices and the sharp…

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4.5G rollout stepped up in Belgium, but Brussels lags behind

4.5G rollout stepped up in Belgium, but Brussels lags behind

The development of the 4.5G continues in Belgium, with Proximus announcing on Friday that it was pursuing its deployment in Charleroi, Anvers and Ghent, where the mobile broadband network was launched in February on a few antennas. Telenet and Orange are also gradually making this technology available to their clients. However, Brussels will not benefit fully from it right away because of its stringent standards for the emissions of GSM antennas. The 4.5G is an intermediate step between the 4G+, deployed in 2015 in Belgium’s big cities, and the 5G,…

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Brussels Airport suspends its tender for electric buses

Brussels Airport suspends its tender for electric buses

Brussels Airport has suspended its tender for 30 electric buses, which was originally awarded to Chinese company BYD. The Brussels Trade Tribunal has suspended the tender because of a lawsuit launched by Belgian bus constructor VDL, De Tijd reported on Saturday. The Airport opened the bidding for the bus contract at the start of 2016. The plan was for the buses to be operational in 2018. Chinese company BYD won the contract, chosen over nine other candidates. BYD has asked for 330,000 euros per bus. That’s 33% less than its…

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Lidl pulls Afsca-recall eggs from its shelves

Lidl pulls Afsca-recall eggs from its shelves

The Lidl supermarket chain has withdrawn from its shelves all eggs from a supplier concerned by the recall of eggs by the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, Afsca, following the detection of traces of the pesticide Fipronil in some eggs. “One of our suppliers has potentially exceeded the European standard for Fipronil,” the company announced on Wednesday. The eggs in question are sold only in Western Flanders, Eastern Flanders and Hainault. The other supermarkets in the chain are not affected, Lidl stated. The eggs that have…

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Polluted eggs: Afsca already censured by Court of Audit in March

Polluted eggs: Afsca already censured by Court of Audit in March

Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (Afsca), under fire for its late communication on the Fipronil scandal, had already been censured in March by the Court of Audit for its lack of supervision of the implementation by operators of an auto-control system aimed at ensuring food safety. The agency has come in for criticism in recent days for not providing information promptly on the discovery of traces of the pesticide Fipronil in eggs. Compliance with food security regulations is the prime responsibility of farmers, producers, business…

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Eggs contaminated with insecticide may have entered UK, EU warns

Eggs contaminated with insecticide may have entered UK, EU warns

UK food safety inspectors trying to trace 21,000 eggs imported from affected Dutch farms but experts say that may be difficult. Eggs contaminated with a toxic insecticide harmful to humans may have reached shops in the UK. British food safety authorities were alerted over the weekend that eggs imported from Germany could be dangerous, the European commission said in Brussels on Monday. Officials in France, Sweden and Switzerland have also been informed of a risk to consumers. A spokeswoman for the commission, Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, said it was “up to the…

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MBA Tour brings top international Business Schools to Brussels

MBA Tour brings top international Business Schools to Brussels

Are you looking to advance your career? Perhaps you’ve considered an MBA, but don’t know where to start. The MBA Tour is bringing top international Business Schools to Brussels on Saturday, 16 September at The Marriott Brussels, Rue Auguste Orts 3-7. The MBA2U Conference, a McKinsey initiative, runs from 8.30-16.30h and is entirely free for participants. This is an exclusive opportunity to learn about the MBA degree, and network with admissions directors from the world’s best programs. Harvard, Wharton, Cambridge, Stanford, INSEAD, and Columbia will be among the Business Schools…

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Nearly 40 billion litres of beer produced in the EU last year

Nearly 40 billion litres of beer produced in the EU last year

39 billion litres of beer were produced in the EU last year. That’s 400 million more than 2015, the European Statistics Office Eurostat revealed on Friday. That’s the equivalent of 76 litres per habitant. Belgium alone produced 2.3 billion litres (6%), the sixth highest production rate. Two thirds of all the alcoholic beer was produced in six member states, with Germany coming top with 8.3 billion litres (21%). Next is the UK (5.1 billion, 13%), followed by Poland (4 billion, 10%), Spain (3.7 billion, 9%) and the Netherlands (2.6 billion,…

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Millions of eggs removed from European shelves over toxicity fears

Millions of eggs removed from European shelves over toxicity fears

Recalls in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium and criminal inquiry launched as tests show high levels of insecticide fipronil. Millions of eggs are being recalled from shops and warehouses in Germany and the Netherlands and being blocked from sale in Belgium after they were found to contain high levels of a toxic insecticide banned from use in the production of food for human consumption. About 180 Dutch farms have been temporarily shut down and a criminal investigation has been launched as authorities seek to establish the scale of the problem. A…

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