Irish pork product recall - Update on beef

8 December, 2008. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has advised that preliminary tests have shown the presence of marker PCBs in a number of beef samples tested.

safefood is not advising that consumers destroy or return beef products. It is unlikely that they are contaminated, and any possible contamination would be so low as to not cause any concern.

Following the product recall on all Irish pork products produced from pigs slaughtered in Ireland, which was issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) on Saturday, 6th December.

Based on the current information available, safefood is advising consumers, as a precautionary measure, not to consume Irish pork and bacon products at this time. The product recall follows laboratory results of animal feed and pork fat samples, which have confirmed the presence of dioxins.

The following products are included;

  • Pork
  • Bacon
  • Rashers
  • Pork sausages
  • Sausage meat
  • Gammon steaks
  • Offal from pigs
  • Salami
  • Ham
  • Sausage rolls
  • Black pudding
  • White pudding
  • Ready meals with Irish pork/bacon as an ingredient

Consumers are exposed to dioxins, at low levels, on a daily basis from a potentially wide range of sources including car emissions, smoking and fires. They are associated with a range of health effects when there is long term exposure to them at relatively high levels.

The sensible approach for consumers is not to consume Irish pork products until further notice. safefood will continue to monitor the situation and will advise consumers of any further developments.

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