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The New York Times reports that European Union health officials have ordered supermarkets to pull all Irish pork products – bacon, ham and sausages – off their shelves because of concerns about the items being tainted with cancer-causing dioxin.

According to the story, “Health officials across the continent warned their consumers not to eat Irish pork after the discovery that dioxins had been in some of the pigs' feed for months. Irish government officials described the recall -- which affects all pig products produced since Sept. 1 -- as a precautionary move, but farmers called it a nightmare for Ireland's 450 million euro ($570 million) pig industry … Ireland's Food Safety Authority said the dioxin made its way into the food chain after pig feed from a producer was tainted with industrial oil. While only 10 percent of the country's pig meat was affected, that was processed and mixed in with other meat, resulting in widespread contamination.”

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