Update 3: Dioxin through unlicenced oil

09-12-2008 | |

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
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.

Ireland found dioxin contamination source 

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Update 2: Oil cause of dioxin pork

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