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'The gov't is at fault for tainted eggs'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An egg wholesaler Friday questioned the food authorities' decision to seal off his warehouse over alleged dioxins contamination, accusing the government of failing to monitor the sources of the carcinogen chemicals, which experts say are created during industrial production.

The wholesaler, Chang Hsiu-ming in Miaoli, saw about 2,000 kilograms of eggs in his warehouse impounded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which suspected that three of its suppliers' farms in Changhua were contaminated with dioxins.

Chang said the eggs found to have contained excessive levels of dioxins from the Changhua farms had been tested back in February, and it was unreasonable to seal off his warehouse for the eggs delivered to him in April.

He said there are no factories in the neighborhoods of the Changhua egg farms, which have also been sealed off by the FDA.

If the eggs laid by the hens there contained dioxins, the sources of the problem must have been the underground water, Chang said.

He questioned why the government failed to curb the sources of dioxins and only detected the chemicals at the end market, creating a scare among consumers.

It is the first time that eggs in Taiwan have been found to have contained excessive levels of dioxins. The permissible level in eggs is 2.5 picograms per gram or less, but a batch of eggs from the Changhua farms contained 5.2 picograms per gram, according to the FDA.

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