FDA To Hold All Belgian Milk Products To Test For Dioxin Contamination.
The move dovetails with restrictions announced earlier this month, which said the government would require tests for all egg products from Belgium, France and the Netherlands, along with European-made animal feed and pet food.
In January, animal feed fat made by a European company became contaminated with the toxins, which may cause cancer and other reactions if humans are exposed to low levels over long periods. The fat was subsequently sold to European animal feed makers and eaten by farm animals, which may have passed the toxins onto egg and milk products.
FDA said the action is a precautionary measure as the agency continues to believe that exposure of U.S. consumers to harmful levels of PCBs and dioxins is minimal as this is a one-time incident. In 1998, Belgium exported $3.48 million of cheese and $1.15 million of other dairy products to the United States, according to USDA figures.
Meanwhile, Peru's government said it stopped the distribution of 128 tonnes of powdered milk imported from Belgium after the discovery of dioxin in a batch destined for a food program.
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|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Date:||Jun 28, 1999|
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