Britain's FSA plays down health risks


Britain's Food Standards Agency said it is monitoring the situation after the recall of locally produced pork products due to contamination with potentially cancer-causing dioxins but has played down the extent of any risk to consumers.

A spokesman for the Food Safety Authority said it did not believe there was any "significant" risk.

"People shouldn't be too concerned," the spokesman said. "It's not an immediate toxic risk. With dioxins it's a problem when you have exposure at high levels over a long period of time. We are only talking about a problem since September."

He said the FSA was waiting for information from Irish authorities about the UK end destinations of Irish pork products and would then "identify if any specific action is required to protect UK consumers".

"From the information that we have at this time we do not believe there will be a significant risk to UK consumers," it said in a statement.