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Contaminated eggs exported to UK

7th January 2011

Eggs contaminated with dioxins have found there way into processed products destined for British food.


The eggs are believed to come from German farms where animal feed has been contaminated by dioxins.

The EU executive said 14 tonnes of eggs in liquid form had been exported to the UK but stressed there was a very low risk to human health.

While the UK Food Standards Agency was trying to trace the shipments, it stressed that the risk was low because the eggs would have become diluted with other products.

In a statement, the FSA said: “The mixing of the eggs will have diluted the levels of dioxins and they are not thought to be a risk to health.

“The FSA is currently liaising with the industry and will provide further updates as information becomes available.”

Dioxins are chemicals commonly formed as by-products of industrial combustion and chemical processes.

Concern was raised when it emerged that contaminated animal feed had been sent to more than 1,000 poultry and pig farms in Germany.

From there, eggs were sent to the Netherlands for processing and then on to the UK for use in products such as pastries and mayonnaise.

The problem was discovered in late December and this week, the German authorities confirmed that 3,000 tonnes of animal feed was involved.

German officials have now closed more than 4,700 farms, mostly in the Lower Saxony region and are due to meet EU counterparts to discuss the incident, which could lead to new rules on animal feed.


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