Ireland has issued a massive pork recall after test results showed that the pork products may have been tainted with a potentially cancer-causing chemical. According to the Associated Press, health officials took a precautionary move and warned approximately 25 countries not to consume any pork product produced in Ireland since Sept. 1. It was discovered that dioxins had been in the pigs' feed.
Ireland's Food Safety Authority said the dioxin made its way into the pork after the pig feed was tainted with industrial oil. Only 10 percent of the countries pork products were affected, however, this was processed and mixed with other meats, and caused for widespread contamination.
According to the BBC, tests showed that some pork products contained up to 200 times more dioxins than the normal limit.
However, the UK's Food Standards Agency said it didn't believe that its consumers faced any "significant risk" at this point in time, citing that the health risk was extremely low, and that a person would have to consume a large amount of the dioxins in order to see any visible effect.
Farmers, according to the Associated Press, are calling this whole ordeal a nightmare, especially in this economy. Ireland's pig industry brings in approximately 450 million euro, or $570 each year.
Irish farms produce more than 3 million pigs a year. Half of these are consumed within Ireland, but is also heavily exported to neighboring countries and grocery stores and processed meats throughout much of Europe and Asia.
"We're actually reeling in shock at the moment at the scale of this disaster," Tim Cullinan, an official with the Irish Farmers Association and a pig farmer, told Irish state radio RTE. "It couldn't have come at worse time, the weeks leading up to Christmas. ... It's a nightmare, to be honest," he said. (AP)