Bangers ‘n Bacon

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Last weekend, the Irish government ordered a total recall of all pork products produced since September 1st, following the discovery of contamination in pig feed by a dioxin known as PCB.  They advised consumers not to eat Irish pork and ordered shops to remove all pork products from their shelves immediately.  The  source of the contamination was located to one animal feed producer but all pork products were recalled as  there was no way of determining which were contaminated. This total ban on pork has spelt a death knell to the Irish pig industry.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded today that there is little concern for human health arising from the discovery of dioxin in some Irish pork.   We are now told that the toxic pork products are not a cause for concern as the risk to consumers is very low. Apparently, you would need to eat large quantities of the chemical over a long period of time before there would be any risk to your health.  I took them at their word and used a pork fillet from my freezer to prepare a meal for this evening.  It makes no sense to throw away good food which has been declared safe to eat.

Irish pig meat producers are tonight demanding the immediate re-opening of the country’s processing plants as the closures are threatening the livelihood of those working in the pig industry.  Once normal production resumes, a new quality assurance label will be introduced for all pork products in an effort to re-establish consumer confidence in pork.

The pig farmers and producers are going to need your support when pork reappears in the shops.  There’s never been a better excuse to cook-up a full Irish breakfast. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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6 Responses to Bangers ‘n Bacon

  1. Grannymar says:

    I can give in to my longing so ❗

    Bacon sarnies for lunch. nom nom as the young things say. 😀

  2. Steph says:

    Nom nom 😀

    At least we’ll die happy, Grannymar

  3. The sausages you had this morning were fine and no need to worry, but if you eat from the same pack tomorrow that’s dangerous…….crazy message?

  4. Steph says:

    Hiya! Roy

    Where did you get that info from? No fear of that – we’ll make sure to finish all the sausis in one go on Saturday morning! Dioxins are the least of my worries at the moment. I followed Grannymar’s example and treated myself to a bacon sarnie for lunch today. We’re both still alive and kicking up trouble 😉

    Hope to see you at the IBAs next Feb – have you registered yet?

    http://awards.ie/blogawards/event-registration/

  5. Baino says:

    I heard about this, no Christmas Ham’s for you lot then. Gotta be a nightmare finding out which pigs were fed what feed. Just don’t eat the sausages that ‘glow’.

  6. Steph says:

    Baino – Irish pork is already back in the shops but in limited supplies. I guess if the supplier is able to prove that it’s not used feed from the contaminated source, then what we’re seeing is original stock which has received the all-clear. I hope so anyhow as I just bought some streaky bacon to adorn a roast chicken on Sunday!

    The ban on pork processing has also been lifted and a radio ad campaign is underway to reassure the public that all pork products produced from now on, will bear a quality assurance stamp.

    You have to wonder though at the damage done to the pig industry in terms of Ireland’s image abroad as a nation of bacon and cabbage eating!

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