Dioxin scandal: 15 million damages



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Dioxin scandal: millions of claims for damages against “Harles & Jentzsch”

In the dioxin scandal that swept across the republic at the beginning of the year, the Uetersen feed manufacturer "Harles & Jentzsch" quickly became the focus of the investigations as a possible cause of the dioxin load. The company is said to have processed dioxin-contaminated mixed fatty acids into animal feed. Now there are claims for damages of 15 million against "Harles & Jentzsch", but the company is insolvent and the insolvency administrator wants to dispute a large part of the claims, reports the news agency "DPA".

The company "Harles & Jentzsch" from Schleswig-Holstein was the focus of the dioxin scandal at the beginning of the year. Feedstuffs contaminated with dioxin are said to have been delivered throughout Germany from the Uetersen operation. After the first finds of dioxin-contaminated eggs, sales had plummeted and mass producers remained sitting on their goods, while organic farmers could hardly meet the massively increased demand for organically produced eggs. As a result of the scandal, claims for damages of around 15 million euros are now being directed against the company “Harles & Jentzsch”. The bankruptcy administrator Heiko Fialski announced on Thursday in Hamburg that he would not agree to a large part of the demands.

Dioxin scandal causes million dollar damage The damage caused by the dioxin scandal is likely to be significantly higher than the claims for damages of 15 million euros that are now in the room, but only claims are reported that are reported by the expiry of the deadline set on June 8th were. Countless people affected or possibly injured suffered damage such as increased standing times for fattening cattle due to the closure of the farms, lower revenues due to lower meat prices, costs for feed analysis and additional examination costs for fattening animals. Another focus of the demands is the disposal costs for potentially contaminated meat. During the dioxin scandal, thousands of farms across Germany were blocked by the authorities because the companies had purchased potentially contaminated feed from the Uetersen company "Harles & Jentzsch". However, the claims will probably only be taken into account in fractions within the framework of the current insolvency proceedings, since on the one hand another four million euros in liabilities have to be paid and on the other hand the insolvency administrator Heiko Fialski already announced on Thursday that he will not accept a large part of the claims for damages. According to Fialski, the claims for damages were also sent to the insurance of "Harles & Jentzsch" and it has not yet been decided whether they will take over the damage.

Injured parties remain at the expense of the dioxin scandal. Since many of the claims for damages brought forward in good time are related to the dioxin scandal, but it can hardly be proven that “Harles & Jentzsch” caused the costs or losses incurred, most can Affected companies hardly hope for opportunities in court. Since the insolvency administrator also announced that he would contest a large part of the claims, most of the victims of the dioxin scandal are likely to remain at their expense in the end. Although the Itzehoe public prosecutor is currently investigating the suspicion of willfully processing dioxin-contaminated mixed fatty acids into animal feed by the now insolvent company "Harles & Jentzsch" and the cause of the dioxin scandal at the beginning of the year, according to all industry experts, goes back to the Uetersen company most of the costs of the dioxin scandal depend on the victims. The fact that “Harles & Jentzsch”, according to the prosecutor's accusation, may have systematically diluted pre-products until the prescribed limit value for animal feed has just been met does not seem to play a role here. The fourteen-fold exceeding of the limit values ​​in the company's fats used by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Agriculture has no consequences with regard to claims for damages. (fp)

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