Here we go again. The potential for harm on a massive scale is always there, in the food manufactiuring business. The scale of production, the rapid and far-reaching distribution process and the fact that a faulty or contaminated ingredient is included into a vast and unfathomable multiplicity of products all put consumers at constant risk.

This time, it may be manufactured pastry, cake, mayonnaise or other egg-containing foods that are involved.

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Link2 (with video - just look at the way the poor chickens are kept!)
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The problem arose on factory farms in Germnay (mostly Lower Saxony) where up to 3,000 tonnes of animal feed contaminated with dioxins (carcinogenic and persistent) was fed to pigs and chickens on circa 1,000 farms. Apparently, more than 100,000 contaminated eggs reached the market. So far, we are told, a consignment of 14 tonnes of pasteurised liquid egg (yuk!) has reached Britain. However, our good old FSA (Food Standards Agency) has stated that the contaminated eggs were mixed with other eggs in Holland, thus diluting the risk. With Dioxins, I would not be so comfortable. They are concentrated in a breast-feeding mother's milk, as just one of their dirty tricks.

Of course, if they were to admit the scale of the disaster, who knows how many millions of manufactured packaged foods will have to be recalled and destroyed? Who knows whether it is even possible ot trace it all.

It still appears that we are guided by the mantra "The solution to pollution is dilution"! Add this head-in-the-sand approach to the fact that the consignment may have entered the UK as long ago as 12th December and the scale of the nightmare can be envisaged. Much of this stuff may already have been processed into cakes and other food products and consumed by unsuspecting shoppers.

For how long has officialdom, whether in Germany or in the UK, known about this?

It appears to be confirmed again and again that we should only eat organic, not buy processed foods or ready meals and grow our own food as much as possible. If we trust the greed of commerce, this type of disaster is what we can expect over and over again.

Cynical, careless or negligent makes little difference to the consumer. In my opinion, the risk potential of this type of farming, food processing, distribution and manufacture is too great for the current system to be permitted to continue. However, it keeps the wheels of commerce turning . . .

Fancy a quiche?