Chile shuts down six pork plants on Dioxin concerns

by Editor
Thursday, August 07, 2008

Chile's Health Department quarantined six pork plants to investigate claims of high levels of dioxin in the meat. Due to elevated levels that were found in a shipment to South Korea, prompting Japan to suspended imports of Chilean pork, according to Agence France Presse.

Dioxin is a chemical linked to chlorine that can be carcinogenic to humans. Samples are being tested in Canada, and the results will determine whether the quarantine will be maintained or lifted, according to a Health Department official. In 2007, Chile exported $127 million worth of pork to Japan.