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Dioxin pork most likely ended up in the supermarket
Only yesterday it became known that the dioxin scandal extends not only to eggs, but also to pork. On Tuesday, the state government in Lower Saxony ruled out that dioxin-contaminated pork also ended up in retail. Just a day later you row back and stress that you are no longer so sure. In the Verden district, a farm has already been closed after increased dioxin levels. In northern Bavaria, dioxin-contaminated pork could also have been sold by a company in Saxony-Anhalt. Internationally, people have already reacted to the scandal in Germany. China has now stopped importing pork and chicken eggs as well as products in which the meat or eggs were processed.
Dioxin pork in the Lower Saxony trade? On Tuesday, the State Secretary for Agriculture Friedrich-Otto Ripke in Lower Saxony categorically denied that the contaminated meat from the already closed company from the Verden district had gotten into the retail trade. But only a day later, a spokesman for the ministry had to revoke this statement. The State Secretary would not have been up to date yesterday. Because the vets in the district speak of completely different facts. Veterinarians measured high levels of dioxins during trial slaughter. However, the company had slaughtered pigs at the beginning of the year before the emergency slaughter started. Now it should be checked whether the slaughtered animals have reached the market. However, this could already be called secured, because where else should the animals have landed?
Pork in northern Bavaria in trade The situation in Bavaria is currently still unclear. According to media reports, 400 pigs were still delivered from a farm in Saxony-Anhalt to several supermarket chains in northern Bavaria in December. The reports in the press have already been confirmed by the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) in Erlangen. The operation in Saxony-Anhalt has also been closed since there is also an urgent suspicion that the animals were fed with dioxin-contaminated feed. As the State Office emphasizes, it is not clearly proven whether the pork was actually contaminated. A possible connection could also no longer be established on the meat itself, because the meat has already been sold in the markets.
Federal Minister of Agriculture wants better surveillance
The pressure on the Federal Minister of Agriculture Ilse Aigner (CSU) increases significantly. Numerous consumer associations had already accused the minister of acting too loosely and hesitantly. Aigner, on the other hand, once again announced a "comprehensive package of measures" to reduce the risk of contaminated food in the trade. She advocated a "dioxin warning system". In addition, a systematic recording is necessary in which everything is put together to determine dioxin levels in food or feed.
First imports stopped
The first countries have already reacted to the continuing dioxin scandal in Germany. Until further notice, China has banned the import of eggs and pork from Germany. All imports were stopped by the Chinese quality control in Beijing. The import freeze is not just about eggs and pork. Products that contain or process pork or eggs are also no longer imported. The authorities in Beijing want to prevent contaminated meat or eggs from going on sale in their country.
Consumer health at risk There is no denying that the consumption of dioxin-contaminated meat and eggs increases the risk of cancer. The authorities still say that the individual consumption of contaminated products does not pose a health risk because the measured values for pork are still “in line” and only slightly increased. But dioxin is not simply secreted from the body and excreted again. On the contrary, the toxin settles in body fat and remains there for a lifetime. Read also: Health risk from dioxin eggs.
Does the milk also contain dioxins?
In North Rhine-Westphalia, current examinations have not shown that the limit values in milk have been exceeded. In the current studies of milk for dioxin, the limit values were currently still significantly undercut. However, five dairy farms have already been closed in NRW. The first results are not yet available.
Better to use eco products
Many people are now buying more organic products, and for good reason. Because industrial fats must not be used in animal feed. Consuming organic products is currently the best alternative to protect yourself from health risks. In many places, the organic shelves are already empty because the organic producers are hardly able to keep up. (sb)
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