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Parasitic Worm Eggs To be Sold in Europe

That may sound horrible to some people but the tiny worms found in intestines can apparently be good for you – reducing stomach pain and diarrhoea.

New Scientist reports that the Thai company ‘Tanawisa’ has had a pig whipworm (Trichuris suis) product accepted for evaluation in Germany.

It’s the closest a product of its type has ever come to getting approved by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), according to Detlev Goj, who works for the firm.

If the company convinces German authorities of its health benefits, then the eggs could soon be on shelves in the country in 500, 1,000 and 2,500 packs.

And after that Tanawisa hopes to move on to the rest of Europe.

A study in Science Daily, from 2014, argued the case for the pig whipworm centred on the ‘hygiene’ hypothesis.

Some conditions like Crohn’s disease is because of lack of the parasites in the body. Poorer people nations had the similar human whipworm present in their bodies so would be less susceptible to the disease.

But Helena Helmby, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, urged caution.

She told the New Scientist: ‘Self- medication with any type of worm is not recommended and it is crucial to remember they’re not in any way completely harmless, and may cause quite severe side effects if not monitored very carefully by a doctor.’

Parasitic worm eggs can currently be bought legally in Thailand.


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