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Dioxin shuts farms, forces hen cull

The Local · 3 Jan 2011, 17:06

Published: 03 Jan 2011 17:06 GMT+01:00

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The state of Lower Saxony said it would temporarily quarantine 1,000 farms with egg hens, pigs and turkeys until the Agricultural Ministry could ensure their products were safe for consumption.

“We’re shutting everything down first. Consumer protection takes priority,” said Gert Hahne, a ministry spokesman in Hannover.

The toxic substance, first found last month, is thought to have made its way to Germany’s farms via feed contaminated by a fatty acids mixture from a Dutch distributor.

Officials in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Monday 8,000 egg-laying hens would be culled because they had eaten feed laced with dioxin.

The animals in the county of Soest will be burned, according to local veterinarian Wilfriend Hopp. He estimated 120,000 eggs contaminated with dioxin had already been sold to the public.

“We’re getting several thousand back from retailers,” he said.

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There were also reports on Monday that farms in the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia, and Saxony-Anhalt had received toxic animal feed.

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Your comments about this article

19:49 January 3, 2011 by slawek
So what does one do with eggs bought so far and when one is buying eggs??? Except no eating eggs at all until the whole contamination is over, I don't see what action to take. Is there no way at all to distinguish which eggs are safe?
07:34 January 4, 2011 by tallady
What does "laced with " mean,,how many ppt( parts per trillion )are we talking about..The USA FDA says 1 ppt of dioxins makes eggs unsafe for human consumption

I would like to know the number they are talking about..
11:03 January 4, 2011 by kellygode
It seems as though, in the case of this contamination, it does not pose a serious health risk if consumed by humans. The quarantine is more of a precaution:

11:50 January 4, 2011 by storymann
I don't know about that!


Effects from dioxin poisoning of humans include chloracne, reduced libido, cancer, sterility, damage to the immune and nervous systems, developmental disorders and infants with birth defects. Dioxins lodge in body fat and are not excreted; indeed they are passed on from a pregnant woman to her foetus through the placenta and via breast milk. They mimic the effects of natural hormones like oestrogen
15:03 January 4, 2011 by wenddiver
So chicken McNuggetts are the heathy choice now??? What a world we live in.
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