August 2, 2008


Chile shuts down six pork factories after dioxin scare



Chile's Health Department said on Wednesday (July 30, 2008) it has quarantined six pork factories, blocking local sales or exports of their products, to investigate claims of high levels of dioxin in the meat.


The measure was taken after Japan suspended imports of Chilean pork after a pork shipment to South Korea was discovered with elevated levels of dioxin.


Japan accounts for one-third of Chile's pork exports.


Dioxin is a chemical that can be carcinogenic to humans.


Authorities have sent samples to Canada for tests, and the results will determine whether the quarantine will be maintained or lifted, said Health Department official Jeanette Vega.

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