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High levels of dioxins found in sugar beet pulp
According to the authorities, the dioxin load in agricultural feed is higher than initially suspected. This was the result of self-monitoring examinations by a producer yesterday. The information has already been forwarded to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture. However, according to the authorities, there is no acute danger.
Is there a new dioxin scandal? In samples of sugar beet pulp that are used as feed in agricultural holdings, far higher exposure values were measured than was previously assumed by the authorities. On Wednesday, authorities from Saxony-Anhalt informed the Ministry of Agriculture in Lower Saxony of this. In self-monitoring examinations at a sugar producer, a dioxin value of 4.42 ng TEQ per kilogram of feed was measured. So far, experts had always assumed a value of the previously known 1.65 ng TEQ / kg. The farm had measured the high values in a loading sample of beet pulp pellets.
When the values became known, a recalculation of the risk assessment for the beet pulp products delivered to the state of Lower Saxony began. The highest measured exposure value, the so-called “worst case”, is always used for this assessment. As a result, further feed is blocked in agricultural holdings and may no longer be used to feed farm animals.
Delivery of contaminated feed also to Schleswig-Holstein
According to the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, the feed contaminated with dioxin was not only delivered to Lower Saxony, but also to Schleswig-Holstein. According to the authorities, the sugar beet schnitzel was transported to the named state as an animal feed component. According to the current state of the art, the quantity delivered is estimated at around one and a half tons of feed. The official feed monitoring researched that the legally prescribed maximum exposure to dioxin in feed was below the limit value (0.75 ng / per kilo) and also below the action value (0.5 ng / per kilogram). Therefore, from the authorities' point of view, no recall campaign for animal feed is needed. In addition, around 440 kilograms of the approximately 1.5 tons of feed delivered were not processed and are currently blocked.
According to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture, there is no cause for concern. There is no new risk assessment for agricultural food. The mixed feed in which the sugar beet pulp was also added was only used to a lesser extent in the farms. From the ministry's point of view, there is therefore no health risk for consumers, since food is not excessively contaminated.
Dioxin damages nerves and favors cancer
After the dioxin scandals in animal feed, the public is rightly sensitized. From a certain amount, dioxin is scientifically proven to be carcinogenic and also triggers a variety of health threats. The long-lasting dioxin compounds accumulate in the fat, liver and skin tissue of the human body with every consumption of contaminated food. Accordingly, there is no acute danger with low and one-time values, but the dioxins are stored in the body for life and permanently. The amount of dioxins in the body increases per meal. In addition, there is a risk of disorders of the immune defense, the nerve tract and the hormone balance. The immunotoxic effects can cause changes in the thyroid gland and damage the skin. (sb)
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