Belgium in disarray over dioxin

29 July 1999

Belgium in disarray over dioxin

BELGIUMS agricultural policy is in disarray after the disclosure that dioxin contamination has been detected in another animal feed manufacturers product.

The disclosure comes shortly after the new government claimed that the contamination had been eradicated.

When the crisis originally broke in May, hundreds of Belgian farms were closed and eggs, poultry, milk, pork and beef were withdrawn from shops across Europe.

Meat production later resumed on farms certified as not linked to the source of contamination, an animal feed manufacturer in Ghent.

The government said subsequently declared that the 233 certified farms had links with the feed manufacturer.

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