Eggs contaminated with dioxin are again on the market. In Lower Saxony, a laying hen farm was closed on Monday because of the detection of dioxin and dioxin-like PCB in the eggs, according to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development.
Over the past few months, dioxin and PCBs have been repeatedly detected in eggs. The increased discoveries of environmental toxins are at least partly due to the improved controls, but at the same time they illustrate the difficulties that also exist in free-range farming. Because eggs from chickens from free range farms were often affected. This is also the case in the current case, in which the environmental toxins were found in the organic free-range eggs of a company from Emsland.
Dioxin and PCB and organic free-range eggs As the Lower Saxony Ministry of Consumer Protection reports in a recent release, it was determined in the context of operational “self-checks that the maximum level for the total value of dioxin and PCB in eggs” of a company from the district of Emsland was determined. The legal limit of five picograms per gram of egg fat was significantly exceeded with 19.5 picograms per gram of egg fat. The organic free-range farm with around 12,000 laying hens has been officially closed since June 18, 2012. Although the marketing of the eggs was stopped immediately after the discovery of the environmental toxins, some eggs had previously been on the market and were also delivered to other federal states such as Bavaria. Consumers should not destroy the eggs with the stamp number 0-DE-0356091 and have an expiration date until June 14, 2012, but destroy them or return them in stores, warned the Lower Saxony Ministry of Consumer Protection. There is no acute danger from the strain on the eggs, but as an environmental toxin, dioxins and PCBs can hardly be broken down by the human organism and therefore accumulate in the body, which can bring about considerable long-term health problems.
Contaminated soil as the cause of the environmental toxins in the egg dioxin and PCB have been found relatively frequently in open-air farms in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia in the past few months. In some cases, there is now an explanation of the causes, which makes it clear that contaminated soil has caused the eggs to be contaminated. The pawing of the chickens outdoors is also a cause of contamination. While in the conventional laying hen stations pollutants have so far mostly been caused by contaminated feed, contamination of the ground is often the cause of dioxin and PCBs in the breakfast egg in outdoor farms. Preventive examinations of soil samples could, however, avoid this problem, especially since the contamination of the soil has mostly been around for years and never suddenly comes to pass. However, the soil in the field farms is usually only examined after the contamination of the eggs has been found. Basically, there is a health risk from dioxin eggs. (fp)
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