Update: 3000 tonnes of animal feed additive poisoned with dioxin is enough to contaminate 150,000 tonnes of animal food when mixed in together with it, according to the German media.
136,000 eggs exported to The Netherlands alone could be contaminated with dioxin.
It is not clear how the company could have added dioxin to animal feed. Police and state prosecutors are investigating.
Consumer Protection | 05.01.2011, Deutsche Welle
Dioxin scandal worse than initially feared
A report from Germany’s Agriculture Ministry has revealed that up to 3,000 tons of an animal feed additive contains traces of the poisonous dioxin. The discovery has triggered calls to reevaluate food safety rules.
Up to 3,000 tons of an animal feed additive has been found to contain traces of dioxin, according to a report from the German Agriculture Ministry obtained by the news agency dpa on Wednesday.
The poisonous chemical, linked to the development of cancer in humans, was discovered in eggs and poultry in several German states last week, and it is believed it was introduced in animal feed contaminated with industrial fats.
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