Five arrested in Irish pork scare

Five men have been arrested in the investigation into the 2008 Irish pork contamination scare.

Irish pork products were recalled from 20 countries in December 2008 after animal meal on several farms in the Irish Republic was found to have up to 200 times more dioxins than the recognised safety limit.

It is understood to have cost the industry more than 100m Euros, however an official report recently has concluded there was no delay in action by the relevant authorities.

In a cross-border operation, police arrested four men in Northern Ireland and one man in the border county of Monaghan in connection with the food scare.

Last month, the High Court in Dublin ordered a company in Northern Ireland, O’Neills Fuels, to pay damages of nearly 39m Euros to Millstream Recycling Ltd, based in Co Wexford in the Irish Republic.

Millstream provided the oils used in the manufacture of the animal feed. The company said it had not tested the oil supplied to it by O’Neills for dioxins such as polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs) because they had been banned in the 1970s.

O’Neill Fuels denied in court that any of the oil it supplied contained dioxins.

More than 30,000 tonnes of pig meat were recalled while 175,000 pigs and cows were slaughtered.

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