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Slovakia Suspends Sales of German Poultry

by 5m Editor
18 January 2011, at 8:30am

SLOVAKIA - Sales of German eggs and poultry have been suspended as the result of the latest dioxin scandal in Germany.

The Slovak agriculture ministry recently issued a directive temporarily halting sales of German eggs and poultry after concerns that farm animals in Germany were given feed containing the carcinogen dioxin, reports New Europe.

The sales will be resumed after the veterinary authorities complete testing food imported from Germany for the highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical, the ministry said in a statement.

The dioxin scandal broke earlier week before last after it was revealed that a German manufacturer added fats contaminated with dioxin to its animal feed.

A German government official said that the firm knew that its fat contained high dioxin levels as early as March.

More than 4,700 German farms had to be shut down so far as a result.

New Europe report that initial reports said the contamination was limited to Germany but officials later warned that two egg shipments from farms known to have used the contaminated feed had been exported.

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