The Irish pork industry has launched an unprecedented recall of all products because of contamination with dioxin.
Early evidence says the contamination began in September, and traces between 80 and 200 times the safe limits have been found in samples. But in a few days time all meat will be safe again say the Irish.
“We have to therefore focus on people who may have food in the home which is a pork product, or who may be shopping and who may buy a poor product, or may be in a restaurant or whatever and may wish to buy a pork product, not to consume or buy pork products, and if they have any at home then they should dispose of those,” says the Irish government medical officer.
Only a few farms were hit by contaminated animal feed and were quickly isolated, but farmers are worried the scare could cripple their christmas sales.