More than a quarter of a million chicken eggs are being recalled in Germany after in-house testing discovered “excessive levels” of the poisonous chemical, dioxin.
The story is summarized in an article published in Food Quality News. In the article, it is indicated that the eggs originated from a single farm in Germany. The farm has been closed and its 12,000 chickens quarantined.
The source of the dioxin contamination has not been conclusively determined, although there is speculation that contaminated animal feed could be a likely source of the contamination. In January 2011, 3,000 tons of animal feed containing industrial fats tainted with dioxin was implicated in dioxin contamination of eggs, poultry meat and pork in hundreds of German farms.