All pork products made in the Irish Republic since September have been recalled over fears animal feed has been contaminated with harmful toxins.
Ireland’s Food Safety Authority made the announcement after tests showed some pork products contained up to 200 times more dioxins than the recognised safety limit.
The Republic’s agriculture Minister, Brendan Smith, said 47 farms, including 38 beef farms, had been placed under movement restriction as having received possibly contaminated feed.
Only one feed supplier is thought to be involved.
An “intensive investigation” is set to begin after tests were confirmed on Saturday (6 December), he added.
Dioxins are formed during waste incineration and during some industrial processes.
They are normally found in low levels but some are highly toxic and can cause cancer and damage to reproductive and immune systems.
Consumers and retailers in the Irish Republic have been told to destrop all Irish pork and bacon bought since 1 September.
A spokesman said the agency was waiting to hear if any of the contaminated meat had been exported to the UK.
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