Dioxin eggs may have been on the market

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Ministry: Obviously, contaminated eggs have reached the market

According to the dioxin egg finding, the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Consumer Protection fears that contaminated chicken eggs could have been sold, despite all the warnings. A spokesman for the ministry therefore renewed previous warning messages. Errors in labeling may have caused dioxin eggs to reach supermarkets.

As has now become known, contrary to initial information, the agricultural company had other sales channels. "There is a confirmed suspicion that the producer in Stemwede, contrary to initial statements, had other business routes," said the ministry. However, there is currently no direct health risk for consumers. Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing to locate the source of the dioxin contamination.

Numerous eggs with dioxin could have been put on the market First it was said that since March 7th no eggs from the producer in East Westphalia had been sold. However, the farm revoked previous information, the ministry said. Accordingly, due to a mistake in the labeling, shipping was also carried out after March 7th. For this reason, further auditors have now been sent to the company to seize all documents and to determine other sales channels.
Other farms in Duisburg affected

In addition to the organic farm in Stemwede, two direct sellers in Duisburg are also blocked due to a finding of eggs contaminated with PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls). According to the ministry, the farms are the "AWO Ingenhammshof" with 150 chickens and an organic farm with 120 laying hens. However, both farms are significantly smaller than the large farm in East Westphalia, where around 23,000 eggs are produced every day.

Which eggs are affected?
The consumer protection centers advise against eating organic eggs with the stamp number 0-DE-0521041. The eggs from the second company have the stamp number 0-DE-0521991. However, the last blocked producer does not use numbers, so that a subsequent check cannot take place.

Consumption of dioxin eggs with long-term health effects
Although the Ministry of Consumer Protection emphasizes that "short-term consumption" of eggs with dioxin poses no health risk, it is generally proven that even low doses are carcinogenic and highly toxic. Dioxin settles in the adipose tissue and is therefore a long-term danger. This means that repeated consumption can lead to health problems from a scientific point of view. Long-term effects such as disorders of the immune system, the nervous system and the hormone balance have been demonstrated in animal experiments. Inflammatory skin diseases and liver damage are also possible. According to the common opinion, it is assumed that there is no acute danger with a low consumption of dioxin-contaminated eggs. According to experts from the consumer protection centers in North Rhine-Westphalia, “medium to long-term consumption can lead to health damage”.

Feed has so far not been contaminated
The large company in Stemwede will remain closed until further notice. This manufacturer first discovered dioxin-contaminated eggs last Tuesday. A repeated analysis of the PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) contaminated eggs still exceeded the legal maximum, said a spokesman for the district in the evening. The actual causes are still being sought. No increased pollution was found in the feed.

There are currently no indications that the PCB pollution of the three companies comes from the same source, as the Ministry emphasized. In this way, all producers would receive the feed from different dealers. The feed for the large organic farm comes from the state of Lower Saxony. Several samples have already been taken from the feed manufacturers, but all of them have so far been negative. Now the inspectors want to investigate whether the chickens have absorbed the dioxin by continually scratching the soil. A farm in Duisburg could have been polluted by a neighboring industrial company with pollutant emissions. "But so far this is only a guess," said a spokesman.

Ministry criticizes administration
In a statement, the Ministry of Consumerism criticized the slow action taken by the city administration of Duisburg. It could not be explained why the production plants were not closed on March 20, after the increased dioxin levels were found during a check. The administration countered that the first step was to wait for the results of another test. In addition, both companies did not produce more than 110 eggs a day. Therefore, the sales volume was low overall. (sb)

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