China bans pork from Netherlands, Belgium, Germany over dioxin scare

CHINA - China has imposed a temporary ban on pork imports from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany over a dioxin scare in the three European countries, state media said.

Pork already shipped from the three countries must undergo a dioxin test on arrival at Chinese ports, Xinhua news agency said, quoting the General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine.

The ban came after suspected cases of pig dioxin poisoning were reported in Europe.

Dutch health authorities yesterday were to begin carrying out a preventative cull of some 3,500 pigs from 10 farms that bought animal feed which could contain high concentrations of cancer-causing dioxin.

Illegally high dioxin levels were identified late last month in pork fat bought in Belgium by a Dutch animal feed company.

Source: Forbes
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