Current dioxin issue: consumers do not have to worry
The contamination of feeds with dioxins has considerably upset consumers. In the meantime the public authorities of the Federal Laender as well as members of the specialist organisations of the agricultural sector have analysed numerous samples of eggs, meat, dairy products and feedstuffs to determine their dioxin contents. Result: only in a few cases the measured content in eggs, meat of laying hens and pork meat are above the statutory maximum amounts. For dairy products and poultry meat no exceeding was determined. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has assessed the health risk for consumers on the basis of these data. “Even if eggs or pork meat with contents in the range of the highest measured values were consumed over a longer period of time during the past months, no health risk is to be expected”, said BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel at a press conference on dioxin in foods during the Green Week in Berlin.