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FSA gives green light for Irish pork

12 December 2008

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has given the all clear to pork from Ireland.

The green-light came after the FSA recommended last week that caterers dispose of pork products from the Republic and Northern Ireland following a contaminated feed scare.

The incident involved ten pig farms in the Republic of Ireland, which were supplied with dioxin-contaminated feed that carries a long-term health risk to humans. The incident sparked a global product recall.

However, the FSA has now told caterers in the UK and the rest of Europe that as long as they can trace the origin of pork directly to an un-contaminated farm in Ireland they may resume sales of the product.

Dr Andrew Wadge, FSA Chief Scientist, said: "Consumers can be reassured that systems are in place, so we can buy pork from Northern Ireland and now the Republic of Ireland with confidence. We have worked together with industry and local authorities to make sure that the appropriate checks are being carried out."

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