December 11, 2008
EU food safety agency says dioxin risks in Irish pork minimal

The risk for human health from eating contaminated Irish pork is minimal, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said Wednesday (December 10).

Responding to a request from the European Commission for a scientific assessment, EFSA said that even if a person ate a large amount of 100 percent contaminated Irish pork - equal to 150 grams a day or four large pork chops a week over the full 90-day period of contamination, it wouldn't necessarily damage their health.

This is because the danger from dioxins is linked to long-term exposure, it said.

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