Germany hunts food-scare culprits
GERMANY'S agriculture minister last night vowed tough legal action against those responsible for contaminating livestock feed with dioxin-laced fat that has prompted farm closures and import bans on German products.
The case, which appears to be an intentional wrongdoing "with alarming unscrupulousness", needs to be thoroughly investigated, Ilse Aigner said.
German investigators have found excessive levels of cancer-causing dioxin in eggs and some chicken meat.
Authorities initially froze sales of poultry, pork and eggs from more than 4,700 farms as a precautionary measure. Test results, however, led authorities to lift most of the sales bans.
South Korea and Slovakia banned the sales of some German food imports, while Britain, Italy and the Netherlands launched investigations.