Dioxin found above permitted levels in the animal feed ingredient sugar beet pulp has prompted German authorities to say that there is no danger to the public, according to reports.

The chemical was found in a product produced by Pfeifer & Langen, with dioxin levels of 1.0 to 1.6 nanograms per kilo, above the accepted levels of 0.75 nanograms per kilo. "We see no danger," said a spokesman for the agriculture ministry. "The sugar pulp usually makes up only 10% to 15% of compound feed and the levels are not so high that the entire animal feed mixture would be pushed over the limits."

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Deliveries made to Germany and the Netherlands have been recalled.