Irish pork contaminated with toxic dioxins may have been exported to 25 countries, according to Irish officials. The government has recalled all domestic pig meat products from shops, restaurants and food processing plants. Laboratory tests on animal feed and pork fat samples have confirmed traces of dioxins, with toxins at around 80 to 200 times above safety limits.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen issued the following statement: “We will take whatever measures are necessary to reinforce confidence in the industry in the future. The problem has now been located and the continuing examinations will proceed and we must take action to reassure the public.”
Neighbouring Britain has warned consumers not to eat any Irish pork products after tests showed the presence of dioxin. France, Belgium and the Netherlands are among the states to have imported Irish pig meat. The Irish Association of Pigmeat Processors claim the contaminated feed came from one supplier and the source has been contained. Authorities say the risk to consumers is low.