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February 9, 2009

                                    
Northern Ireland discovers dioxin-tainted milk
                                          


The Northern Ireland has detected that milk from two dairy farms contains dioxins.

 

The dairy cows were fed the same contaminated feed that caused Irish pork and beef to be pulled from market shelves just before Christmas.

 

The dioxin levels found in the milk were much lower than those in last year's pork and beef, but will be tested and restricted from sales until it complies with the law, according to the Food Standards Agency.

 

"The milk from these farms is usually mixed with milk from other farms before sale, so any finished product on the market is likely to be diluted and well within the legal limits for dioxins," said an FSA spokesman.

 

The milk was distributed across Northern Ireland and the Republic, but will not be withdrawn from shops as risk to health from consuming the affected products is extremely low, the agency said.

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