Irish pork is returning to retail shelves after European Union health experts decided that dioxin tainting which had been found wouldn’t pose any threat to health. Food health is based on perception
But a new battle began over who should pay for losses from the pork recall, which were estimated to range from €100 million ($130 million US) to €500 million ($650 million US). Irish farmers accused the government of moving too slowly on the issue.
The findings from the European Food Safety Authority should make it easier for Ireland to persuade its international customers to resume importing pork soon.
Within hours of the experts’ announcement, pork products began to reappear on a few Dublin supermarket shelves with new government labelling. “Irish Pork & Bacon APPROVED,” the labels read.
Perecption has a lot to do with people’s ideas on food safety so even though the pork has been deemed to be safe, consumers might need some persuading before they buy it again.