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Government agriculture committee finds 90% of pork recall in dioxin scandal was unnecessary



11 June 2009

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 The government agriculture committee investigating the recent pig meat dioxin contamination scandal has revealed in its report that Ireland’s food safety checks are inadequate. The body said that the traceability regime for Irish pork is not working and that the “absence of an effective traceability scheme necessitated a 100% recall of product for a 10% contamination rate.”

The review committee’s report went on to suggest that the government should rethink its proposal to amalgamate the FSAI with the Irish Medicines Board and Office of Tobacco Control, and said that the current arrangement of numerous food safety agencies operating under service level agreements with the FSAI is “not satisfactory.”

Millstream Recycling, the plant at the centre of the contamination, was not inspected once in 2008. The incident is said to have cost the pig meat sector €100 million.



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