German health scare shuts chicken farms

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The Independent Online

More than 1,000 chicken farms across Germany have been banned from selling their products and more than 8,000 chickens were culled after cancer-causing dioxin was found in chicken feed. Prosecutors were investigating whether chicken food producers could have used ingredients contaminated with dioxin.

Chicken farms in the western states of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein were shut down on Monday and can no longer sell their products.

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