Germany bans 934 more farms in dioxin scare

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January 15, 2011 16:50

 
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BERLIN— Germany's dioxin-tainted food scandal widened Saturday, as authorities banned another 934 farms from selling eggs, poultry and pork after finding out that one company had hidden its deliveries of contaminated livestock feed.

Prosecutors in Lower Saxony state have opened an investigation after finding out about the tainted feed deliveries to those farms, Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said.

"This is a scandal within the scandal," she said.

Lower Saxony's agriculture ministry said products from those farms have likely been sold over the past ten days, "mostly eggs." But it reiterated its assessment that "consumption of these goods does not pose a health risk" given the low contamination level.

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