Dioxin found in eggs from two more German farms

HAMBURG Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:22pm IST

Related Topics

HAMBURG (Reuters) - German authorities said on Friday the highly-poisonous chemical dioxin had been found above permitted levels in eggs from two more German farms following its discovery in eggs from three other farms in early April.

Dioxin has been discovered on two poultry farms in the northern German state of Lower Saxony, the state Agriculture ministry said in a statement.

The two farms have been sealed off and the eggs they produced recalled, the ministry said. The source of the contamination was unknown and being investigated.

It cannot be ruled out that eggs with high dioxin content have been sold for consumption but the eggs presented no immediate threat to health, the state ministry said.

Dioxin was also discovered in three farms in the central German state of North Rhine Westphalia in early April. The source of the North Rhine Westphalia contamination is still unknown.

In January 2011, an EU-wide health alert started when German officials said animal feed tainted with dioxin had been fed to hens and pigs, contaminating eggs, poultry meat and pork at the affected farms.

Germany then introduced a series of new measures including tough restrictions on animal feed ingredients.

Dioxin presents a danger to health if consumed over long periods but small doses are not harmful.

(Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by William Hardy)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Ebola Outbreak

HEALTH SHOWCASE

E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes

WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes.  Full Article 

Weighty Issues

Weighty Issues

More parents think their overweight child is 'about right'.  Full Article 

Cancer Drug

Cancer Drug

Pfizer to test Xalkori lung cancer drug with Merck immunotherapy.  Full Article 

Mental Health

Mental Health

Obama tells veterans better mental health care on the way.  Full Article 

Food Regulation

Food Regulation

Russian food safety regulator shuts fifth McDonald's restaurant.  Full Article 

Heinz Recall

Heinz Recall

Heinz recall brings food tracking issue to the fore in China.  Full Article 

Delaying Start

Delaying Start

Delay morning school start for teens: pediatricians.  Full Article 

Birth Control

Birth Control

U.S. moves to ensure birth control access at religious companies.  Full Article