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Organic food sales boom in dioxin-hit Germany

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Organic food sales boom in dioxin-hit Germany


As a consequence of the dioxin contamination scandal in the mass production food chain, organic eggs in Germany are flying off the shelves. Consumer demand is skyrocketing for organic meat as well. The organic market in Germany is Europe’s biggest already, representing five billion euros in sales per year.

Organic poultry farmer Josef Bauer, who takes care of 4,500 laying hens, said: “The fact is that the industrial fats involved in the dioxin scandal come from the ordinary distribution circuit, not at all linked to organics. Those fats can not get into the organic circuit.”

Industrial fats sent to animal feed producers are the source of Germany’s dioxin problems. Major egg and meat importers such as China have restricted or suspended their orders. But in the land where sausage is king, the favourite food is still holding the throne.

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