Supplies of Irish pork have returned to the UK after this week's mass recall triggered by the discovery of dioxins in pork from ten Irish pig farms.

Announcing the return of Irish pork to the UK market, the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has emphasised that pork reared, slaughtered and processed in Northern Ireland was unaffected by the scare.

"Pork produced during the contamination period - before the issue was detected - can now be sold in the UK, provided the product is fully traceable to a farm that was not supplied contaminated feed," a spokesperson for the UK agency said.

Additionally, pork purchased after the incident from the Republic of Ireland is safe, the FSA said, as the Irish authorities have "necessary controls" in place.

FSA chief scientist Dr Andrew Wadge said: "Consumers can be reassured that systems are in place, so we can buy pork from Northern Ireland and now the Republic of Ireland with confidence. We have worked together with food businesses and local authorities to make sure that the appropriate checks are being carried out."

The Irish pig farms affected produce around 10% of the country's pork output.