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Friday June 4, 1:30 pm Eastern Time

Health food stores profit from Belgian food scare

BRUSSELS, June 4 (Reuters) - Belgium's health food stores are doing a roaring trade as the scare over dioxin contamination of meat and eggs has sent shoppers scrambling for organically produced alternatives.

``My sales (of organic eggs) have trippled,'' said the manager of the Tsampa shop in Brussels on Friday. ``I've ordered more stocks -- and people who come in take the opportunity to buy other produce like vegetables.''

At another shop, new customers were flocking in, also asking for organic eggs, as consumer confidence crumbled in the wake of the latest food scare.

``It's like we saw before with the cows,'' said the Tsampa manager, referring to the fright over mad cow disease and the resulting slide in beef sales. ``But it's good to see people wanting to eat healthily.''


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