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A Belgian town honored its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelet on Tuesday amidst an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a pan four meters wide.

Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, which is forbidden in the food chain and can cause organ damage in humans.

Hundreds of people gathered in the eastern Belgian city of Malmedy undeterred by the scare and the president of the local branch of the giant omelet fraternity, Benedicte Mathy, said she was confident Tuesday s dish was safe to eat.

Under a timid Belgian sun and with music playing they tucked into the giant omelet cooked over an open fire by “The World Fraternity of Knights of the Giant Omelette”, which was created in 1973.

http://dunyanews.tv/en/WeirdNews/401552-Belgian-town-cooks-giant-omelet-from-10000-eggs

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A “perfectly spherical” chicken egg has sold for an “unbelievable” £480 on the internet auction site eBay.

Kim Broughton found one of her hens – now renamed Ping Pong – had laid the round egg in her garden in Latchingdon, Essex, on 17 February – Pancake Day.

She decided to auction the egg in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust after a friend’s son died from the disease.

Ms Broughton, 44, said she imagined the buyer was interested in preserving, rather than eating, the unusual egg.

The item, laid by a Buff Orpington hen – described as the “Scarlett Johansson of the chicken world” – attracted 64 bids, but the identity of the winner is not yet known.

Ms Broughton said she had been tempted to cook and eat the egg before being told it was “one-in-a-billion”.

She said: “I was literally about to crack it open to make a pancake when a mate saw the photo I put on Facebook and messaged me to say ‘Don’t do it!’

“Apparently somebody had sold one before for more than £90 so I thought ‘Great if I can sell if for that’.

“When it was at £20 I thought ‘Who’d pay that for an egg?’ and then it went through the roof. It’s unbelievable”.

Ms Broughton, who said she was known as “the mad chicken woman”, said she was nervous about sending the egg through the post.

“At the moment it’s safely in my son’s lunchbox padded with kitchen roll – but if I send it in a hard box it should be quite safe,” she said.

Speaking to BBC Essex Ms Broughton said she would be keeping a close eye on future eggs in the hope of raising “a few more quid” for the charity.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-31668640