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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Update 3: Dioxin through unlicenced oil

The food recycling plant at the centre of the pork scare did not have a licence to use the oil that caused the contamination.

Inquiries by officials from the Department of Agriculture have found that the oil being used at Millstream Power Recycling was not suitable for use in the production of animal feed.

Operators are required by law to get a licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use such oil, but the plant at Bunclody, Co Wexford, did not have a permit. It has also emerged that Millstream is not licensed by the EPA but was working under a waste permit issued by Carlow County Council for the recycling of food. A team from the EPA visited the plant yesterday to carry out an inspection.

Restrictions on 9 farms
Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew has placed restrictions on nine pig farms thought to have used contaminated feed. She said the nine farms were identified on her department s electronic monitoring system. Households have been advised not to eat pork products produced on either side of the Border.

EFSA assistance
EFSA received a request from the European Commission on 8 December for urgent scientific and technical assistance on the risks for human health related to the possible presence of dioxins in pig meat and pig meat products from Ireland and the presence of possibly contaminated processed pig meat products from Ireland in composite foods. EFSA aims to publish its response by Wednesday, 10 December.

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