Brussels – You cannot 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.

Ten thousand hen’s eggs will be used for the traditional event in the town near the German border despite a scandal sweeping Europe involving eggs tainted with the insecticide fipronil.

“I did not have any problem finding enough eggs, but the week has indeed been a bit different,” Benedicte Mathy, president of the local branch of the World Giant Omelette Brotherhood, told AFP Friday.

Belgium and the Netherlands are at the centre of the crisis that has so far seen tainted eggs found in 15 EU countries, Switzerland and Hong Kong, with millions of eggs removed from supermarket shelves.

Mathy, who has organised the annual Giant Omelette festival in Malmedy for more than 20 years, insists every precaution has been taken in collecting the eggs used.

© AFP Dominique FAGET Benedicte Mathy is president of the local branch of the World Giant Omelette Brotherhood in Malmedy, Belgium

© AFP Dominique FAGET – Benedicte Mathy is president of the local branch of the World Giant Omelette Brotherhood in Malmedy, Belgium