As the problem with tainted milk from China fades into old news of foods we shouldn’t eat– like White Rabbit milk candy, a new food concern has appeared.
The latest is Irish pork tainted with dioxin. Dioxin, a chemical known to cause cancer and other health problems, ended up in pork in Ireland from contaminated feed. It didn’t end up in all feed in Ireland. Thus, dioxin didn’t end up in all pigs. If you follow that thread, you’ll conclude that the dioxin didn’t end up in all pork either.
It did appear in enough Irish pork to cause alarm. As a result, Irish pork has been pulled from grocery store shelves–not only in Ireland, but in France and Great Britain as well. According to this New York Times article, the pork could be in 20 to 25 countries. If you’re in Ireland in a restaurant and are craving bacon, sausage, a pork meat pie, or anything else like that, there will be no pork for you. Restaurants aren’t serving it either.
The tainted pork problem should be cleared up soon and Irish pork will be back on the shelves. Even if you did eat Irish pork tainted with dioxin, you’d have to eat a lot of it over a long period of time for damage to occur.
Perhaps this latest food recall is more about letting consumers know that there are people in the food industry who are actually paying attention to what happens to what we eat before we put it in our mouths.