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Irish food crisis spreads to beef

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Irish food crisis spreads to beef


First it was the pigs, now it is the cows.

Some of the cattle given the same tainted feed which sparked a scare over pork products in Ireland have also been contaminated.

The Irish government said three out of 11 cattle herds tested, registered illegally high levels of dioxins.

But the Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith played down the risk: “The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has now evaluated the samples taken from 11 herds of cattle from the 45 farms that are restricted as a result of having received potentially contaminated feed and is satisfied there is no public health concern.”

The Agriculture Minister said the contaminated animals will be taken out of the food chain, but beef products in general will not be recalled from the market.

He said the dioxin levels were not sufficiently high to justify the recall.

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