Dioxin food scare spreads to pork and beef

EU extends ban on Belgian exports amid human health fears; USA bans EU chicken, pork

The Belgian food scare over dioxin-contaminated poultry products has spread to other meats amid fears that pigs and cows were fed the same dioxin-contaminated animal feed that was used on chicken farms. The European Commission today extended its ban on suspect chicken and eggs to include pork and bovine meat from Belgian farms that might have used the feed since January. The US government took its own action yesterday, banning imports of all chicken and pork products from the EU. Meanwhile, nothing further is known about the original source of the dioxins, which are believed to have entered the food chain when a supplier of ingredients to feed manufacturers mixed some kind of oil with the usual animal fat (ENDS Daily 3 June). The Belgian federal government has set up an internet site for those worried about the food scare.

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