crisis of confidence among importers of Irish pork following the discovery of
dioxin in shipments to some 25 countries threatens more than the stability of
Dublin on Saturday ordered the recall of all
pork products made in the Republic
of Ireland after
excessive amounts of dioxins were discovered in fat samples from pigs
believed to have eaten feed contaminated with industrial oil from a
feed-making machine. The Food Safety of Authority traced the problem to a
feed maker in southeast Ireland
that supplied the tainted feed to 10 pig farms in Ireland
and nine others in Northern
Ireland, according to the Associated
According to reports, the recall could cost Irish pork producers $128
million, more than one-sixth the industry's annual worth.
John Brook, regional director of the U.S. Meat Export Federation's European
branch, told Meatingplace.comIreland's production is small
relative to other major pork-exporting countries, so the amount of recalled
product is insignificant in global terms.
However, the big impact of its problem will be damage to the reputation of
pork all over the world, he said.
"The problem is fully identified, which means that the supply chain (in Ireland) will
be back in full performance within one week, so there isn't even the time to
fill a gap if there was a gap," Brook said. "There probably isn't a
gap, because the damage to the reputation of the product is probably going to
have a longer negative impact on pork consumption – and not just Irish pork.
The overall impact of the incident is likely to be far more negative on
consumption than on supply."