Germans told no danger in egg dioxin scare

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17 January 2005 , HAMBURG - Germans were told on Monday there was no cause for panic after free-range eggs on sale in several states were found to contain high levels of the chemical dioxin. Thomas Isenberg of the national association of consumer advice centres called for all eggs with high dioxin levels to be removed immediately from the market. But he said there was "no reason to panic", adding: "Keep on eating your eggs for breakfast, there is no acute danger to health." German consumers have been unset

17 January 2005

HAMBURG - Germans were told on Monday there was no cause for panic after free-range eggs on sale in several states were found to contain high levels of the chemical dioxin.

Thomas Isenberg of the national association of consumer advice centres called for all eggs with high dioxin levels to be removed immediately from the market.

But he said there was "no reason to panic", adding: "Keep on eating your eggs for breakfast, there is no acute danger to health."

German consumers have been unsettled by reports that the more expensive organic eggs from free-range chickens could be contaminated by the cancer-causing chemical.

Controls in several states have revealed much higher dioxin levels in free-range eggs over eggs produced by battery hens.

Media reports said free-range chickens were often kept on farmland contaminated with chemicals.

In Lower Saxony state, 28 percent of all free-range eggs produced in the last two years were above European Union limits for dioxin levels, one report said.

Agriculture Minister Renate Kuenast has called on state governments to step up their controls on free-range eggs and remove any contaminated product from the market.

DPA

Subject: German news

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