Germany exported dioxin-tainted feed to Denmark: EU

Animal feed from Germany contaminated with highly toxic dioxin was exported to Denmark to feed breeding hens, a spokesman for the European Commission said.

Germany exported dioxin-tainted feed to Denmark: EU

Animal feed from Germany contaminated with highly toxic dioxin was exported to Denmark to feed breeding hens, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Monday.

"We have confirmed the export of affected feed from Germany to breeding hens in Denmark," said EU health and consumer spokesman Frederic Vincent. Breeding hens lay eggs for rearing and are not themselves intended for human consumption.

Confirmation that contaminated feed from Germany was exported to another EU country marks the latest development in a scare that has deepened steadily since being confirmed last week.

The official denied that fellow EU member state Slovakia had banned the import and sale of eggs, poultry and pork from Germany in the wake of the contamination incident, which has seen operations at 4,700 German farms shut down.

"Slovakia has not banned imports of anything from Germany," Vincent said.

But he did confirm a ban imposed by South Korea on German meat imports.

EU officials are due to hold talks with their counterparts in Russia on Monday, after Moscow's agriculture watchdog tightened controls on pork and poultry imports from Germany in the wake of the incident.

The origin of the contamination has been traced to a distributor of oils for animal feed production in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

German prosecutors are investigating the possibility that the company, Harles und Jentzsch, distributed fatty acids meant for industrial use to animal feed processors.

Last week the Commission confirmed that eggs from German farms where the contaminated feed was used had been exported to the Netherlands, and some were subsequently processed and exported to Britain for human consumption.

Dioxins are toxins formed by burning waste and through other industrial processes, which have been shown to contribute to increased cancer rates and to affect pregnant women.


Reuters

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