TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For the first time dioxin has been found in eggs inside Taiwan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday, adding that three farms in Changhua County had been sealed off but the public was not at risk.
The official maximum limit for the potentially cancer-causing substance in eggs stands at 2.5 picogram per gram, but a study by National Cheng Kung University found a level of 5.2 picogram per gram in a batch of eggs sold in the Hsinchu and Miaoli area, according to a report presented on April 18.
The eggs came from three farms in the Changhua area which the FDA named as Junyi (駿億), Hongzhang (鴻彰) and Caiyuan (財源).
The farms were sealed off for a week while they were being tested for dioxin, while they were banned from selling any product, the FDA said. Eggs already sold would be taken off shelves by 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.
If a person had consumed the eggs, their average daily level of dioxin would increase to 0.49 picogram per kilogram weight, which was still below the World Health Organization’s suggested maximum level of 1 to 4 picograms, the FDA said.
Even if a person spent all of his life consuming dioxin eggs, the levels would still be safe, according to officials.
Dioxins are a diverse range of chemical compounds known for their toxicity. Consumption can damage the immune system, interfere with hormones, cause reproductive and developmental problems as well as cancer.