Aurich: Dioxin in eggs from free-range husbandry

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Detection of dioxin eggs in the Aurich district

After increased levels of dioxins and PCBs were found in free-range eggs from a company in the Aurich district last week, the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety has now also found that eggs from the farm have been exceeded in official samples from the farm in East Friesland. Now both areas - free range and floor husbandry - of the laying hen business are officially closed, reports the Lower Saxony Ministry of Consumer Protection.

The district immediately banned the marketing of the dioxin-contaminated eggs, which in this case only take place regionally, according to the current communication from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development in view of the renewed proof of dioxin. Eggs with the stamp number 2-DE-0357411 are affected. There is an urgent warning before eating the contaminated eggs. So far, the cause of the contamination is completely unclear.

Clearly exceeding the limit value for eggs from free range
In the course of the "last week's investigations into a maximum level exceeding the total value of dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs in free-range eggs in the Aurich district", official samples again found that exceedances were exceeded, "the official announcement of the ministry. This also affected the eggs in the holding on the farm. Here the loads with total values ​​of up to 40.86 picograms per gram of egg fat even reached almost five times the values ​​measured last week. The permissible limit is only five picograms of dioxin and dioxin-like PCB per gram of egg fat.

Long-term health risk from dioxins
According to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Consumer Protection, "a health risk to consumers if consumed for a short time is unlikely", but "avoidable additional pollution with dioxins and PCBs is generally not tolerable." Because the environmental toxin can hardly be broken down by the human organism that PCB and dioxin ingested in the course of life accumulate in the body. This threatens far-reaching health consequences, such as impaired fertility or an increased risk of miscarriages and deformities in the offspring. Dioxin and PCB are also considered to be possible causes of cancer. "We therefore advise against consuming eggs that are still with the consumer," warns the Ministry.

Increased limit violations for dioxin and PCB
As a result of the improved reporting requirement in the event of limit values ​​being exceeded after the dioxin scandal in 2011 for contaminated feed, the increased dioxin levels in eggs have been reported in recent months. Most recently, a farm in the district of Oldenburg, three farms in the district of Aurich and a company from the North Rhine-Westphalian district of Borken were affected. The reports also make clear what the overall compliance with the limit values ​​for dioxin and PCB is. Corresponding loads, at least in the factories, where the contamination did not originate from the feed but rather from the floor or subsoil or the insulation material, were probably already present earlier. However, you only noticed them now.

The responsible authorities have so far not been able to clarify how the current dioxin contamination of the eggs occurred in the Aurich district. "A cause of entry has not yet been determined, but is being vigorously pursued," said the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development. (fp)

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