Irish pork meat recalled from the market also in Finland


<div>Based on the information received from Ireland and via the European Commission high levels of dioxin have been found in Irish pork meat. The concentrations exceed the permitted maximum level by up to 200 times. Ireland has, via the Rapid Alarm System for Food and Feed, so far supplied 12 EU member countries and some countries outside the EU, with listings of batches of meat supplied that the authorities are urging to be traced without delay. These batches have not been delivered to Finland.</div>

Based on the information received, it has not been possible to guarantee that there would not be dioxin in pork meat and products prepared from pork meat imported to Finland from Ireland. For this reason they have been recalled also from the Finnish market. In practice the recall has only affected one entrepreneur in the field. Only about 30 000 kg of pork meat has been imported to Finland from Ireland since September, and this mainly as pork products that have not ended up in retail sale.

In Ireland, dioxin has ended up in the pork meat via contaminated feed. The origin of the contaminated feed is under investigation in Ireland. Pig feed has not been imported to Finland from Ireland in 2008.

For more information, please contact:
Head of Unit Kyösti Siponen, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24230 or +358 (0) 50 3868412
Senior Officer Britta Wiander, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 25381 or +358 (0) 50 4310984
Director General Jaana Husu-Kallio, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24000 or +358 (0) 400 291910

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