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Chile shuts down six pork plants in dioxin scare

by 5m Editor
30 July 2008, at 3:00pm

CHILE - The Health Department in Chile has quarantined six pork plants this week to investigate claims of high levels of dioxin in the meat after elevated levels were found in a shipment to South Korea.

The action has prompted Japan to suspended imports of Chilean pork, according to Agence France Presse.

Dioxin is a chemical linked to chlorine that can be carcinogenic to humans.

A Health Department official said samples are being tested in Canada, and the results will determine whether the quarantine will be maintained or lifted.

Chile exported nearly $127 million worth of pork to Japan in 2007.

Further Reading

- Related story: Japan Suspends Chilean Pork Imports.

5m Editor