Three Irish beef farms have been contaminated with the same toxic dioxins
that have devastated the country's pig meat industry, food safety chiefs
confirmed today (9 December).
The levels of dioxins found in the beef were two to three times above safe
limits, compared to 200 times in some pig meat." This would make the samples
technically non-compliant but not at a level that would pose any public health
concern," said the Irish agriculture minister, Brendan Smith.
carried out on 11 herds in the Irish Republic, eight of which were given the
all-clear. Earlier, the Food Standards Agency said contaminated pig feed from
the republic had been fed to herds of cattle on eight farms in Northern
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