Contamination of Pork Products with PCBs

Date released: Dec 09 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is assisting the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and other State Agencies in their investigations into the circumstances surrounding the contamination of pork products with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). 

The EPA is not the licensing authority for the company at the centre of the investigation, Millstream Power Ltd. The company holds a waste recycling permit from Carlow County Council under the Waste Management Acts. Permits to produce animal feed or animal feed additives are a matter for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

The EPA is advising that consumers can return the products to the place of purchase or dispose of them in their black or grey bin.  Advice is also being provided by the EPA regarding the safe disposal of contaminated product in rendering plants licensed by the EPA.

Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)