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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

175 Farms Quarantined

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Belgium has quarantined a further 175 poultry and pig farms amid renewed concern about food and animal feed contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical dioxin, a government source said Thursday.

The European Union's Standing Veterinary Committee was meeting Thursday to discuss the latest developments in the dioxin debacle in Belgium.

"This is a precautionary measure. The level of contamination is very low," the source explained.

He said toxic chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls, which can indicate the presence of dioxins, had been found at the 175 farms.