Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | December 8, 2008

Environmental lawyer Sanders says England’s Food Standards Agency is warning consumers to avoid Irish pork products because of dioxins.

The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency is advising consumers not to eat pork or pork products, such as sausages, bacon, salami and ham, which are labeled as being from the Irish Republic or Northern Ireland, while it continues to investigate whether any products contaminated with dioxins have been distributed in the UK.

The warning came after the Irish Government’s announcement that it is recalling all pork products made in the Irish Republic since September 2008 after dioxins were found in slaughtered pigs that are thought to have eaten contaminated feed.

Dioxins are chemicals that get into food from the environment and they are associated with a range of health effects when there is long term exposure to them at relatively high levels. Dioxin contaminated Irish pig meat could have been exported to 25 countries, including France and the Netherlands, Irish government officials said.

Tests on Irish pork products contained showed toxic dioxins levels 200 times higher than “accepted” safety limit. Dioxin is believed to have come from “contaminated oil,” used by Millstream Power Recycling Limited, which recycles food products into pig meal.

The chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Alan said that investigations were ongoing into how dioxin got into the feed.

Dioxins are not intentionally produced. However, they formed as unwanted by-products in a variety of industrial and combustion processes, including incineration of wastes. Dioxins accumulate in humans, primarily in fatty tissues. Many believe that dioxins are one of the most toxic synthetic substances known that have no known commercial or industrial uses.

Dioxins are formed when substances containing chlorine or bromine and carbon are burned, or otherwise processed – as in the burning of medical or municipal waste in incinerators, various metallurgical processes or in chlorine bleaching of pulp and paper.


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