August 20, 2008


South Korea discovers third dioxin-tainted Chilean pork package

South Korea has discovered a third package of dioxin-tainted Chilean pork, therefore quarantine inspections on all Chilean pork will stop temporarily, according to the government.


The agriculture ministry said it found two packages totalling 11 tonnes of pork that had more than permissible levels of dioxin, a cancerous compound. 


The level of dioxin reached 6.2-8.3 picograms of dioxin in fat, exceeding South Korea's 2-picogram limit.


Authorities said the latest discovery involves a third Chilean meatpacker, which means there may be a systemic problem with meat being exported by Chile. The exporter in question had already shipped 832 tonnes of pork to South Korea this year.

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