Ireland Warns Public Not To Eat Irish Pork

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Ireland has issued an international warning for people not to consume Irish-produced pork products because they could contain dangerous levels of contaminants.

Dublin is calling for the recall or destruction of all Irish pork produced since Sept. 1. This, after the discovery of potentially dangerous dioxins in pigs and pig feed at 80 to 200 times the safety limit.

The order has dealt the biggest blow to Irish agriculture since the foot-and-mouth disease threat of 2001.

Ireland's farms produce more than 3 million pigs a year, nearly half of which are consumed within the Republic of Ireland. But Irish pork also is heavily exported to neighboring Northern Ireland and Britain -- and appears in grocery stores and processed meats through much of Europe and Asia.

British authorities say they don't see a "significant risk to UK consumers."

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