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Dioxin oil to be analysed in lab

The oil thought to have caused the pig feed contamination with dioxin that led to the withdrawal of all Irish pork two weeks ago has been sent to a laboratory in Germany for analysis.

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency say the results, which are expected after Christmas, will be crucial in deciding if anyone will be prosecuted over the use of "inappropriate oil" at Millstream Recycling in Co Carlow. The companies involved in the supply chain have all denied responsibility for the oil, which contaminated the pig feed to 5,000 times more than the legal threshold for cancer-causing dioxins.

Compensation for pig processors
The Department of Agriculture has said pig processors will get €50m of the €180m government compensation package before the end of the year.

The package relates to primary and secondary processors," it said. "We cannot say exactly at this stage the firms that will benefit. Verifications and payments have yet to be completed."

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