The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) is currently tracing six and a half tons of lamb which was sold on domestic and foreign markets due to suspicion of dioxin pollution. Most of the meat, approximately five tons, went to foreign markets.
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A sales ban has been placed on the products from the farm Efri-Engidalur in Skutulsfjördur near the town Ísafjördur in the West Fjords; testing of milk, meat and fodder from the farm showed levels of dioxin above health protection limits caused by pollution from the local waste burning station.
According to ruv.is, 384 lambs, which may have been subject to dioxin pollution, from three farms in Skutulsfjördur were slaughtered last season. Meat was also sold from farms located near other waste burning stations in Iceland, Morgunbladid pointed out.
Kjartan Hreinsson at MAST said it is likely that people have consumed some of the dioxin contaminated meat. However, dioxin pollution is only dangerous over a long period of time, he stressed. He wouldn’t reveal where the meat was sold.
Morgunbladid reports that the meat is probably no longer on the market but if some of it is still in distribution, MAST will issue a recall.
A joint announcement from MAST, the Environment Agency of Iceland and the Directorate of Health says it is unlikely that those who consumed contaminated meat are at any risk.
Preliminary studies do not indicate traceable toxicity in people. However, medical examinations will still be carried through to eliminate all doubt. Civic meetings will be held in areas close to waste burning stations to present the situation and the next steps.
Click here to read more about the medical examinations and potential health hazards caused by dioxin pollution listed by RÚV.