Pork Scare Firm Offers €6.5m in Legal Row

IRELAND - The Co Wexford company at the centre of the pork dioxin scare last year, which saw the recall of sausages and rashers from supermarket shelves, wants to pay €6.5m to 17 individuals and businesses affected by the crisis.
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Independent.ie reports that the company is alleged to have supplied animal feed containing harmful dioxins, cancer causing chemicals, and is seeking to come to a court-approved deal with people who have sued them.

The scandal was a major embarrassment for Irish agriculture after high levels of dioxins were found in some pig samples, which forced the recall of all Irish pork products produced from pigs slaughtered in the State.

The deal would see €6.5m being shared among 17 individuals and companies who have sued Millstream Recycling Ltd, Clohamon Mills, Bunclody, Co Wexford, for about €20m.

The contamination of the feed in December 2008 resulted in the recall after pig meat on a number of farms was found to have had between 80 and 200 times more dioxins that the recognised safety limit.

Millstream Recycling was yesterday granted permission by the High Court to apply to enter a scheme of arrangement with those who have brought actions over being supplied feed containing dioxins.

Gary McCarthy, for Millstream, said that following consultations with its insurers, the firm is insured for a maximum of €6.5m. However, it is anticipated claims against the company were in the region of €20m.

As a result, the company is proposing to enter into a scheme with all those claimants where the €6.5m would be divided up between them.

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