Several firms are recalling tens-of-thousands of pounds of pork due to possible dioxin contamination after being notified by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) that routine surveillance tests indicated the presence of dioxin in pork products that were sent to multiple importers in the United States.
Dioxins are organic compounds that act as environmental pollutants and carcinogens. They are a byproduct of the chlorine solvents known as Organochlorides, as well as byproducts in the burning of chlorine-containing products (like PVC) and the bleaching of paper.
Dioxins build up in fatty tissues over time, allowing even low-level exposure to build up over time until it reaches dangerous levels in the human body, which can cause major health effects like cancer, severe acne, damage to the nervous system, thyroid disorders, endometriosis diabetes and many others. Some studies also show that dioxins have an effect on the sex of babies born in contaminated areas.