South Korea Halts Imports of Belgian, Dutch Pork over Dioxin Find

by 5m Editor
30 January 2006, at 12:00am

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has suspended pork imports from Belgium and the Netherlands after cancer-causing dioxin was found in Belgian animal feed products delivered to a Dutch company, a quarantine official said on Sunday. The move came after Dutch food authority VWA said on Thursday it had found dioxin in pork fat produced by Belgium&#39;s Profat TM and delivered to the Netherlands, the official at the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service said by telephone. &quot;The agriculture ministry has notified of the temporary import suspension on Jan. 27, citing news reports of dioxin contamination in feed products supplied to the Netherlands,&quot; said the official, who declined to be identified. Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry were not immediately available for comment. Belgium&#39;s Food Agency confirmed that a ban has been put in place and that it was in contact with the South Korean authorities in a bid to resume trade. &quot;We know this is a very limited contamination,&quot; Food Agency spokesman Pascal Houbaert said. &quot;We are trying to convince our trade partners to return to normal commercial relations.&quot; The agency said it was still checking whether any of those companies -- mostly pig farms, but also some poultry farms -- had delivered products to other businesses. <i>Source: Planet Ark</i>

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