Published: Sunday 15 August 1999

The government of Hong Kong is to monitor dioxin levels in food from mainland China, the us , Australia, New Zealand and the European Union, Greenpeace said. "Hong Kong did not have regular dioxin testing before," Ho Wai Chi, executive director of Greenpeace for China, said. "They will probably wait for one more month to start this new series of testing." The government will test food with high fat content and priority will be given to food products from Belgium, the environmental group said in a statement.

Hong Kong last month suspended the sale of poultry, eggs, pork, beef and dairy products from Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands because of a scare over contamination by cancer-causing dioxin, traced to livestock feed from a Belgian company.

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