June 21, 2012
German officials have revealed the detection of dioxin exceeding permitted levels in eggs from a local farm, following discoveries at six other farms in the country in April and May.
The poultry farm is located in the Emsland area in the north German state of Lower Saxony, the state agriculture ministry said. The farm with its 12,000 chickens has been quarantined and its eggs recalled from sale. The dioxin was discovered during on farm safety checks.
The previous dioxin discoveries were in eggs from farms in Lower Saxony and the neighbouring state of North Rhine Westphalia. In January 2011, an EU-wide health alert was sparked when German officials said animal feed tainted with dioxin had been fed to hens and pigs, contaminating eggs, poultry meat and pork at affected farms.
As a result of this, Germany introduced a series of measures, including restrictions on animal feed ingredients and increased inspections of farms and feed.