The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service on August 15 expanded the amount of poultry products being recalled by the Chilean Ministry of Health after the poultry products tested positive for the presence of dioxin. An earlier recall of poultry from Chile was issued on July 27.

Importers have been instructed by the Food Safety and Inspection Service to hold chicken products, which were presented for re-inspection.

Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that 343,637 pounds of chicken may be affected and 155,595 pounds are currently being held. During the July recall of poultry products from Chile, the U.S. agency determined that 188,522 pounds of chicken may be affected and 126,082 pounds were held.

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Through effectiveness checks, the agency determined 188,042 pounds were distributed to federal establishments for further processing, a distributor, and retail locations in Florida, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

At very high doses for a prolonged period, dioxins can have adverse health effects. However, the Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that exposure to dioxin in these products is low and no health threat is posed.