xperts identified tetrafuran as cause of high dioxin levels
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Research has shown that an additive in chicken feed
caused excessive levels of dioxin in eggs from one farm in Changhua County last month, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced Friday.
Eggs from the Hung Chang (鴻彰) farm in the township of Fangyuan showed a dioxin concentration of 5.2 picograms per gram, more than double the legal maximum level of 2.5 pg/g. As a result, thousands of eggs were removed from shelves and all of the farm’s chickens, estimated at more than 42,000, were culled.
A meeting of experts and representatives of various government departments met Friday afternoon and came to the conclusion that the presence of dioxin was the result of animal feed containing tetrafuran, a harmful chemical officially known as 2,3,7,8-TCDF. [FULL STORY]