FDA To Hold All Belgian Milk Products To Test For Dioxin Contamination.
Food and Drug Administration
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n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. last week expanded its restriction on foods imported from Belgium to include milk products, including cheese. As a precautionary measure, FDA said all Belgian products containing milk will be held at ports of entry until laboratory tests prove the foods do not contain dioxin dioxin
Aromatic compound, any of a group of contaminants produced in making herbicides (e.g., Agent Orange), disinfectants, and other agents. Their basic chemical structure consists of two benzene rings connected by a pair of oxygen atoms; when substituents on the rings are .
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 contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object. 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 USDA,
n.pr See United States Department of Agriculture. 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 des·tine
tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.
2. for a food program.