Chinese authorities order return of tainted Irish pork
Chinese quarantine authorities in the eastern city of Nanjing have seized more than 23 tonnes of frozen Irish pork that was found to be contaminated with dioxin and ordered it be returned, state media said today.
The pork was imported by a company in the nearby city of Suzhou in October, the official Xinhua news agency said.
“Inspectors sealed the pork and ordered the company to send it back,” the report added.
China banned the import of Irish pork last month following Dublin’s order to recall domestically produced pork products because of contamination with dioxin, which in some forms and concentrations, and with long exposure, can cause cancer.
Irish pork was pulled from shelves in up to 25 countries, although production and sale of pork approved as safe by Irish authorities restarted soon after the scare.
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The Department of Agriculture has confirmed it has removed four cattle herds comprising 750 cattle which were exposed to the contaminated feed. The process of killing and destroying what is expected to be 4,500 cattle in total continues.
The authorities have slaughtered and destroyed 100,000 pigs and work is continuing to remove another 30,000 pigs, mainly sows.