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Pork scare to cost Ireland millions

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Pork scare to cost Ireland millions


A bill of at least a 100 million euros. That is the latest estimate for Ireland’s pork recall.

The health scare has resulted in massive amounts of Irish products being pulled from European supermarket shelves.

The discovery of a harmful animal feed, fed to pigs in Ireland, also means around 100,000 animals will have to be culled.

Worth some 750 million euros, around 63 per cent of Ireland’s pork ends up in the UK, which has received contaminated meat along with 11 other EU countries.

Nine non-EU states are also thought to have been sold the toxic pork.

Andreas Hensel from Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said: ‘‘We’re advising people to no longer eat Irish pork, as well as the products that have been produced from it. That doesn’t mean not to eat all pork. All other origins are perfectly fine.’‘

Ireland took rapid action after lab tests detected cancer-causing dioxins at 80-200 times safe limits, contained in feed supplied by a food recycling plant based in the Irish Republic.

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