EU: No risk for majority of Irish pork consumers

ROME (AP) -- The European Union Food Safety Authority says it doesn't see health concerns for the vast majority of consumers who may have eaten tainted Irish pork.

The Parma-based authority said in a statement Wednesday that even the unlikely case of someone eating a large amount of contaminated Irish pork each day for three months would not necessarily cause adverse health effects.

Ireland last week discovered potentially dangerous levels of dioxin in pork products, ordering the recall or destruction of all those made since Sept.1. Levels at nine Irish pig farms were between 80 to 200 times the approved limit for dioxin, a cancer-causing chemical.

EFSA said it studied data on the fat of pork products, which is where dioxins accumulate, as well as on consumption patterns across Europe.

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