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The amount of cancer-causing dioxin contained in breast milk consumed by babies can be as much as seven times higher than the safety standard for adults, according to an interim report on a recent survey by the Health and Welfare Ministry.

Ministry officials, however, said the findings do not indicate a serious health risk since infants are generally not fed breast milk for more than a year. The ministry’s survey was conducted on 80 mothers between the ages of 25 and 34 living in Tokyo, Saitama, Osaka and Ishikawa prefectures.

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