Newspaper headlines: Eggs scare sparks safety scramble – BBC News – BBC News

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The Times leads on the contaminated eggs scare, after the Food Standards Agency increased its estimate – from 21,000 to 700,000 – of the number that have entered the UK. “Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda cleared their shelves of sandwiches, sandwich fillers, mayonnaise and salads,” reports the Times.

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The Daily Mail reports the same story under the headline “Scramble to clear poison eggs off shelves” – and says the number of affected salads is in the thousands.

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The Metro also opts for the “scramble” description as it says supermarkets started emptying shelves after safety chiefs admitted they had vastly underestimated the number of contaminated eggs from farms in the Netherlands.

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Hundreds of people have been told they will have to leave their homes on an estate of tower blocks in London after safety checks carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire found the buildings had been at risk of collapse for decades, says the Guardian. The paper continues: “Residents of the Ledbury estate said they were shocked and alarmed to learn that the four 13-storey blocks were at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion in one of the flats.”

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Under the headline “Asian sex gangs are ‘racist criminals'”, the Daily Telegraph reports that MPs and campaigners have demanded that courts should treat grooming gangs behind the abuse of teenage girls as racially aggravated criminals. “Senior politicians and prosecutors admitted that political correctness may have stopped the gangs being properly pursued and punished after another ring of sex offenders was convicted, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne,” says the Telegraph.

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The Daily Mirror turns its attention to North Korea, claiming that British warplanes could be sent to the region on a mission to hunt for nuclear weapons sites.

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For the i newspaper, it is a health story that makes its front page. It says four million patients are stuck on waiting lists – the highest figure since targets were introduced – and the health service is under “severe pressure as demand grows”.

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The Financial Times reports that Prudential will merge its two big British businesses – life insurance and asset management – in a move seen as paving the way for a £47bn break-up of the company as it shifts its focus to fast-growing Asian markets.

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The Sun claims that Rocky the African Blue parrot helped police catch a burglar by pecking him into leaving a bloody clue. The paper dubs him “Hercule Parrot”.

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