German pork and poultry banned by Korea – dioxin cited

10-01-2011 | | |

There are no longer imports of pork and poultry from Germany to Korea. The Korean government has banned imports from Germany, citing high levels of cancer causing dioxin in animal feed as the reason for the ban.

Korean officials have stated that German meat products are currently quarantined, until further inspections are carried out.

GMP+ International has suspended the GMP+ certificate of the business Harles und Jentzsch GmbH in Uetersen in Germany as of January 6, 2011.  Abnormally high levels of the contaminant dioxin were found in agricultural products made by the German company. The company manufactures ingredients for poultry and swine feed.

Russia has also been affected by the dioxin scandal; the country is restricting meats imported from Germany.