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Tainted Irish Pork Seized in Eastern China

by 5m Editor
26 January 2009, at 7:51am

CHINA - Chinese quarantine authorities in the eastern city of Nanjing have seized more than 23 tonnes of frozen Irish pork that was found to be contaminated with dioxin and ordered it be returned, state media reported yesterday.

The pork was imported by a company in the nearby city of Suzhou in October, the Xinhua news agency said.

"Inspectors sealed the pork and ordered the company to send it back," the report added.

China banned the import of Irish pork last month following Dublin's order to recall domestically produced pork products because of contamination with dioxin, which in some forms and concentrations, and with long exposure, can cause cancer.

Irish pork was pulled from shelves in up to 25 countries, although production and sale of pork approved as safe by Irish authorities restarted soon after the scare.