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Pigmeat: Contamination

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Northern Ireland Executive and (b) the Irish government on the source of dioxins in pork. (242885)

I have been asked to reply.

The source of the oil believed to have caused the contamination of feeding stuffs in Republic of Ireland, which resulted in dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls in pork, is currently subject to a joint investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Síochána, the national police service for the Republic of Ireland. The Food Standards Agency has been and continues to be in regular dialogue with officials from the Governments of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.