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EU backs Irish pork recall

 EU backs Irish pork recall
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The EU Commission says it welcomes the rapid way in which the Republic of Ireland has acted to withdraw all Irish pork products.

It comes after Ireland’s food industry launched an unprecedented recall of domestic pork because of contamination from cancer causing dioxins.

Dublin now says the farms hit by the tainted pork feed have been isolated and the problem has been contained.

With Christmas just around the corner, Ireland’s quick response is aimed at allaying farmers’ fears that the scare will cripple sales.

Action was taken after evidence showed toxins between 80 and 200 times the safe limits were found in animal feed and pork fat samples.

Irish consumers and retailers have been told to destroy all Irish pork and bacon products purchased since the beginning of September.

Last year, Ireland exported 368 million euros worth of pig-meat, half of which ended up on the plates of UK consumers.

Officials raised the alarm last week after carrying out routine checks on several pig farms.