Dutch fodder cleared in dioxin scare

9th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch fodder seized by the European Commission recently did not contain a dangerous amount of dioxin, the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) said on Wednesday.

9 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch fodder seized by the European Commission recently did not contain a dangerous amount of dioxin, the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) said on Wednesday.

The VWA revealed last week that it had asked the EC to seize 3.7 million kilos of grass-based fodder that had caught fire and possibly could have become contaminated with too much dioxin. The fodder was destined for the Dutch and British livestock industry.

But tests have confirmed that the transport did not contain carcinogenic dioxin or the poisonous mould aflatoxin and was fit to be fed to milk cows. The fodder that is visibly damaged by fire will be discarded, news agency ANP reported.

News of the seizure last week came a day after a confidential report leaked to an animal rights grouped indicated Dutch animal food producers process waste material from animal medicines and offal into their products. It said that widespread corruption in the industry threatens consumer safety.

Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has dismissed concerns that fodder mixed with waste products constitutes a risk to consumer safety. But he also told MPs in an emergency debate last week that an investigation into industry breaches has been given the highest priority.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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