Germany halts pork, egg sales in dioxin scare

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 8, 2011 06:06

BERLIN — Germany froze sales of poultry, pork and eggs from more than 4,700 farms to stem the spread of food contaminated with cancer-causing dioxin, as fears grew that farmers could have been using tainted livestock feed for months.

South Korea and Slovakia on Friday banned the sale of some animal products imported from Germany, while authorities in Britain and the Netherlands were investigating whether food containing German eggs — like mayonnaise or liquid egg products — was safe to eat.

Prosecutors in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein launched an investigation Friday into the German firm Harles & Jentzsch GmbH, suspecting the company knew but failed to tell authorities that fat it had produced for use in feed pellets was tainted with dioxin. The state agriculture ministry said Friday it had information that the company had been producing tainted fat for months — a declaration that shocked federal officials.


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