Dioxin scare spreads to Germany

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4 November 2004 , DUSSELDORF - Following cases in Belgium and the Netherlands, three dairy farms in western Germany were ordered closed amid fears of dioxin-contaminated feed, officials said Thursday. The officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia called the action a precautionary move after it was learned that the three farms had received feed shipments from a Dutch firm linked to contamination by the cancer-causing chemical. Meat and dairy products from affected livestock would be withdrawn from sa

4 November 2004

DUSSELDORF - Following cases in Belgium and the Netherlands, three dairy farms in western Germany were ordered closed amid fears of dioxin-contaminated feed, officials said Thursday.

The officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia called the action a precautionary move after it was learned that the three farms had received feed shipments from a Dutch firm linked to contamination by the cancer-causing chemical.

Meat and dairy products from affected livestock would be withdrawn from sale, the officials said.

More than 100 farms have been closed in the Netherlands and Belgium after significant amounts of dioxin were found in dairy products.

All of those farms reportedly had received shipments of animal feed which contained potato byproducts from Canadian frozen potato chip fries manufacturer McCain that were contaminated with dioxin.

McCain, which has launched an investigation, routinely sells its potato peels and other byproducts for use in animal feed. The Canadian company said its own frozen foods products were not tainted. 

DPA

Subject: German news

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