German dioxin incident

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German dioxin incident: animal feed contamination incident near Hamburg in November, 2010. A routine analysis in a feed factory revealed PCDD/Fs in fats to be used for animal feed. Technical fatty acids had been mixed with other fats in a recycling firm, and this caused a concentration of about 60 ng/kg in one batch of fat. The highest concentration in the produced feed was about 1.5 ng/kg, exceeding the maximum limit of 0.75 ng/kg. In some eggs concentrations over 12 ng/kg were found, but most eggs produced contained less than 3.0 ng/kg, the maximum limit of European Union. So this incident is not comparable to the Belgian chicken incident.[1]


  1. Tuomisto, Vartiainen, Tuomisto: Dioxin synopsis. Report / National Institute for Health and Welfare, ISSN 1798-0089 ; 14/2011 [1]