BRUSSELS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Belgium said on Tuesday it had
found the same cancer-causing chemicals in pig feed that it had
found in chicken feed made by a local compounder, raising fears of
another dioxin-type scandal.
Health officials said two samples of pig feed made by the
compounder in the western Flemish town of Roeselare near the
French border had traces of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs.
Their level of contamination exceeded by up to eight times the
national threshold of 200 micrograms per kg, according to the
federal agency in charge of safety in the food chain, known by its
French acronym AFSCA.
"Given the measured value of the meal and the short
exposure of the animals, the expected concentrations in the fat of
the pigs are not expected to be alarming," it said in a
The feed went to eight pig farms on January 4.
Four of the farms sent pigs to slaughterhouses before they were
ordered by the AFSCA to stop deliveries.
The AFSCA said it was still trying to locate the pork sent to
On January 18, the agency seized 4,500 pieces of frozen chicken
at a slaughterhouse in the nearly town of Torhout, but not before
another 13,500 pieces had gone to the market.
The AFSCA was set up after a scandal broke in 1999 over
cancer-causing dioxins entering the food chain through animal
feed, leading to Belgian meat and dairy exports being banned by
many countries around the world.