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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Germany investigates criminal origin of dioxin contamination

The dangers of the recent dioxin-contaminated eggs, which originated from Germany, were again downplayed by the European Commission today . But Germany announced it was now investigating whether the contamination, which is now of European proportions, is of criminal origin.  After highly toxic dioxin was found in German poultry and hogs on 23 December, German consumers were warned of potential product contamination. The Commission said it had asked Germany to report on developments. Over 4,700 farms were closed, and it is estimated that the agricultural industry is losing as much as €60,000 per week over the scare.The contamination was due to animal feed that had been tainted with oils meant for industrial use. The feed was distributed from Schleswig-Holstein to farms in several German Länder.

Source: EurActiv