15 Jan '11, 1pm
German authorities have banned sales of eggs, poultry and pork from a further 934 farms.
BERLIN - GERMAN authorities have banned sales of eggs, poultry and pork from a further 934 farms amid new fears that livestock feed has been tainted with the cancer-causing chemical dioxin. Agriculture minister Ilse Aigner said on Saturday that authorities in Lower Saxony state discovered that a producer suspected of selling dioxin-contaminated feed had hidden deliveries to 934 farms. She said their sales were banned to avoid the spread of possibly tainted products. Ms Aigner urged the state's governor to hold those responsible for failing to properly oversee the feed producer to account 'by tonight.' The scandal broke last week when investigators found excessive levels of dioxin in eggs and some chickens, leading authorities to freeze sales from thousands of farms as some countries banned German farm products. -- AP