German pesticide-in-food scare escalates

Agriculture minister reveals much wider contamination going back years, affecting exports

Germany's food contamination scare deepened yesterday, when agriculture minister Renate Künast revealed that animal feed laced with nitrofen, a banned herbicide that can cause cancer, may have been in circulation since 1999 and could have made its way to conventional as well as organic chicken farms. It also appears that animals given tainted feed were sold in neighbouring countries.

The new findings have raised the food scare to a much higher level than last week, when health officials discovered high concentrations of nitrofen in chickens raised at 120 organic farms (EED 31/05/02).

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