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News 28 Feb 13

Suspect Milk Still on Sale in Albania

After Albanian authorities told dairies to withdraw milk suspected of contamination with the M1 aflatoxin from the market, it is still on sale in stores, Balkan Insight can confirm.

Besar Likmeta
BIRN
Tirana
Supermarket shelf with milk on sale from the Croation Dukat dairy and the Albanian Fast Milk | Photo by : Besar Likmeta

A survey of supermarkets in Tirana conducted by Balkan Insight has revealed that milk from local and regional producers contaminated with the toxin is still being sold, two days after a ban.

Suspected brands include the local dairy Fast Milk and the Croatian dairy, Dukat.

On Tuesday, Albania’s National Food Authority, AKU, asked two local dairies, Primalat and Fast Milk, two withdraw their products from the market, fearing contamination by the potentially dangerous aflatoxin, M1.

Milk produced by Dukat has also been identified as having a higher limit of M1 by analysis carried out in Vienna by other Balkan countries.

This showed that the amount of M1 in the milk samples was 0.006 per cent, slightly higher than the legally permitted limit of 0.005 per cent.

Reports that milk in the region has been contaminated by a dangerous toxin have triggered a major health scare throughout the region.

Albania’s decision to withdraw the suspected milk comes after Kosovo’s food agency ordered the removal of milk produced by five diaries, including the two Albanian producers, after initial tests suggested possible contamination by the toxin.

Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro have already withdrawn milk produced by Croatian diaries Dukat and Vindija.

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