Irish pork that is not contaminated with dioxins will return to the shelves under a new labelling system, the Irish food safety authorities revealed.

Dioxins, which have been associated with an increased risk of cancer, were found in pork produced at ten Irish pig farms, accounting for about 10% of Ireland's annual pork production.

Irish food safety authorities ordered a full-scale recall of all Irish pork products on Saturday (6 December). However, with the source of the contamination scare identified as animal feed supplier Millstream Recycle, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed to just-food that it is preparing to allow Irish pork to return to the shelves.

Irish agriculture minister Brendan Smith revealed that the new label would certify that the pork comes from a manufacturer that has not been supplied with animal feed contaminated with dioxins.

The labelling system will allow pork from animals slaughtered during the 90-day contamination period back onto the market, if suppliers can demonstrate that the product originated from a farm unconnected to the scare, officials said.

A spokesperson for the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) added that the pork which will become available to consumers will be free of dioxin contamination and pose "absolutely no health risk".