Hold and test imported German eggs and poultry (Refer to updated position on 10.3.2011)

Issue Date 10.1.2011
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Eggs and poultry

Product Name and Description

German eggs and poultry

All eggs imported from Germany carry the laser markings "DE" for differentiation.

Reason For Issuing Alert

The German authorities reported detection of dioxin in some eggs and poultry produced in Germany and has already suspended food export from affected farms/processing plants.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

hold all imported German eggs and poultry for testing of dioxin as a precautionary measure. All concerned products will only be released into the market after test results are confirmed to be satisfactory.

monitor the situation closely and continue liaison with the relevant authorities.

Advice to the Trade

Suspend sale of German eggs and poultry until satisfactory test results are confirmed by the CFS.

Advice to Consumers

Based on the levels of dioxin detected by the German authority, there is no immediate health concern for people consuming the affected products over a relatively short period of time.

As a precautionary measure, CFS advises members of the public not to consume German eggs and poultry at the moment until test results are known. If consumers find the affected products in the market, they should call 1823 and the CFS will take follow up actions.

Further Information

The CFS press release

CFS Website: Dioxins in Food

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department