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Dioxin Contamination Found In German Animal Feed

January 6, 2011: 10:23 AM EST

Dioxin contamination found in thousands of eggs in Germany has halted production at over 1,000 meat and poultry farms. The original contamination happened when oils for biofuels was used for animal feed. A European Commission spokesperson said that food exports from Germany were unaffected and there was no need for a ban. Prosecutors have named Harles und Jentzsch, a company in northern Germany that produces animal feed, in preliminary proceedings. Research has shown dioxins affect pregnant women and lead to higher cancer rates.

"Commission alerted on Germany food contamination", EurActiv EU/Reuters, January 06, 2011, © EurActiv/Reuters
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