European Union health experts have said that the recent dioxin contamination of animal feed in Germany is no longer a threat.

"The member states, meeting in the framework of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, recognized that the contamination incident is fully under control by the German authorities and there is no risk that potentially contaminated food and feed are placed on the EU market or dispatched to Third countries," said an EU statement. "All potentially contaminated feed fat, compound feed and farms having received potentially contaminated feed have been blocked by way of strict precaution pending the outcome of dioxin analysis."

Only 49 of the 4,760 German farms sealed off at the height of the alert remain closed, and the investigation into the cause of the contamination remains ongoing, according to German officials.