Danish firm bought tainted German feed: authorities

9th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Danish authorities were alerted Sunday that dioxin-contaminated animal feed from Germany had been purchased by a Danish firm and could be in Denmark, a food safety official told AFP.

"We know that one firm in Denmark has bought some feed from one of the German establishments, and that it could contain dioxin," said Kim Vandrup Sigsgaard, who heads the alert unit for food at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

The feed was for animals not intended for human consumption. "It is for breeder hens (which) ... are not destined to be eaten," he told AFP.

He said an investigation would be launched in Denmark and that it was not certain the German feed had been delivered to its Danish purchaser.

"I think its in Denmark because it was purchased in November," he said.

Danish authorities were alerted to the purchase Sunday by a European Union food safety system, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, Vandrup Sigsgaard added.

He could not name the German feed maker and said the Danish firm could not be identified until it had been notified.

Police last week raided a firm in northern Germany suspected of supplying up to 3,000 tonnes of fatty acids meant only for industrial use contaminated with potentially carcinogenic dioxins to some 25 animal feed makers.

Its 25 customer companies then delivered reportedly up to 150,000 tonnes of contaminated feed to farms -- mostly those producing eggs and rearing poultry and pigs -- across Germany, prompting a food safety scare throughout the country and import bans.

© 2011 AFP

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