Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014

Dioxin in pork at abattoir

DioxinWILLEMSTAD – During a routine testing of pork meat at the abattoir in Parera by the Veterinary Service, it showed that there is dioxin present in 17 of the 18 samples. The test was performed on the fat of the meat offered at the abattoir.

Dioxin is a carcinogenic substance that is dangerous to humans and animals. According to the guidelines of the World Health Organization, dioxin should therefore not be present in food.

The Veterinary Service said that after they found dioxin, they have immediately taken action to prevent more contaminated meat to come on the market.

Pig farmers will also get more detailed guidelines on the care of their animals. In a press release, the government has given no further details on the fight against the contamination of pork. It is not known where the dioxin came from. It is not known to which supermarkets and mini markets this product was delivered and what lies on the shelves.

Health Minister Ben Whiteman was not available for comment today.

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