Imported German food samples, including eggs, pass dioxin test

20-01-2011 | | |

Five samples of imported German food products, collected by the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department from retail outlets earlier this week, have all passed dioxin tests.

A CFS spokesman said ( Jan 14 ), “In view of the recent detection of dioxin in some eggs, poultry and pork produced in Germany, samples were collected in the local market in the past few days and sent to the Government Laboratory for dioxin tests.

“Amongst them, the dioxin tests on one sample of egg and four samples of pork sausage have been completed. The test results are all satisfactory.”

The CFS would continue to collect samples of imported German food products from the market and at the import level for dioxin tests, he added.

The spokesman reiterated that according to information from the European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, with the exception of two consignments of eggs exported to the United Kingdom via the Netherlands, no products suspected to be contaminated with dioxin were exported to other countries. The German authorities had suspended food exports from the affected farms and processing plants.

“We will continue liaison with the German authorities and the European Commission on the latest developments, and monitor the situation closely,” he said.