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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Dioxins spread to Irish beef farms

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.

Tests were 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 Ireland.

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