Dioxin in Danish Foods Well Below Safety Limits

DENMARK - Dioxin in Danish foods containing eggs imported from Germany have been tested and are well below safety limits, say officials.
calendar icon 19 January 2011
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Danish consumers need not fear for the content of dioxin in neither mayonnaise, crackers nor other foods based on egg products. Three Danish herds have received dioxin-contaminated feed from Germany, and egg products from these herds are all well below safety limits. This is documented by the recent sampling and analysis of egg products performed at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

In total, around 450,000 eggs from feed and poultry firm, Triova Aps, in Herlufsmagle, have been used in egg products. It is these egg mixtures, that the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration have analysed. Dioxin levels exceeding the limits have not been found in any of these mixtures.

The analysis supports the assessment previously drawn by the National Food Institute. The National Food Institute had already estimated, that the levels of dioxin in the German poultry feed would not pose a health risk to consumers using egg products stemming from the affected poultry farms.

Similarly, samples from German chicken sold in Danish retail trade all had dioxin contents below allowable limits.

A large batch of so-called crack-eggs are detained at Triova Aps and are awaiting destruction. The results from the laboratory tests have shown dioxin levels above or close to the limits for these crack-eggs and against this background, the Danish Food Administration have required the operator to destroy the eggs.

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