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General News: Inspections intensify in Greece following German dioxin scare

Δημοσίευση 11 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:10 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
General News: Inspections intensify in Greece  following German dioxin scare
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Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) inspections already conducted in major warehouses and supermarket chains in Athens and Thessaloniki have confirmed that no imports from Germany were made during the period prior to the dioxin animal feed scare late last month.

Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) inspections already conducted in major warehouses and supermarket chains in Athens and Thessaloniki have confirmed that no imports from Germany were made during the period prior to the dioxin animal feed scare late last month.

However, inspections will intensify and spread throughout Greece to completely rule out the likelihood of contaminated German raw material imports, focusing mainly on pork, poultry and eggs.

EFET President Giorgos Nihas told ANA-MPA that inspections conducted so far had focused on import companies’ and food stores’ invoices.

He also underlined that based on figures coming from Germany the problem is not as big as originally feared since 70 pct of the production units initially under quarantine have already returned to their normal operation after being cleared of dioxin contamination.

In late December 2010, thousands of German farms were closed after large amounts of animal feed were found to be contaminated with dioxin, a poisonous chemical formed by industrial processes and waste burning, which has been shown to contribute to higher cancer rates and to affect pregnant women.

 

 

 

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