Home Page
 
News 05 Mar 13

Serbia Axes Officials Over Milk Scandal

Aleksandar Vucic, the deputy prime minister, said four state officials will be dismissed over the scandal of toxin levels in milk, which has shaken consumer confidence.

BIRN
Belgrade

Deputy Prime Minister Vucic on Monday said four state officials will be removed in connection with the scandal over aflatoxin levels in milk.

They are the director of the administration for plant protection, the head of the plant protection’s department for plant health and quarantine, the chief of phytosanitary inspection and head of veterinary administration.

Vucic also said the permitted level of aflatoxin in milk will be cut from 0.5 to 0.05 micrograms per kilo over the next 15 days.

The government raised the maximum allowed concentration of aflatoxins to 0.5 micrograms per kilo from 0.05 micrograms on February 28, claiming that the new level presented no risk for people’s health.

Goran Knezevic, the agriculture minister, will also be grilled in mid-March, along with other ministers, Vucic continued.

“Knezevic offered to resign but I thought it would not be fair to discuss it before considering the work of all other ministers,” Vucic noted.

The dispute over milk started in February, when Goran Jesic, Agriculture Secretary in the Province of Vojvodina, leaked results of an inspection in the province showing that levels of aflatoxins in more than 30 samples were up to 200 per cent higher than the legal limit.

The samples were then sent for analysis in The Netherland, as recommended by the EU Reference Laboratories. The results are to be published on Wednesday, March 6.

However, Jesic presented results of another analysis conducted in Germany, on the demand of the Province of Vojvodina, which showed that aflatoxin levels in milk were far higher than 0.5 micrograms per kilo.

In an interview on March 4, Jesic stated that in some samples the level of aflatoxin was as high as 1.2 micrograms per kilo.

Danilo Golubovic, from the ministry of agriculture, responded by saying that the only relevant results would be those awaited from The Netherlands, and that the milk currently on sale is healthy and safe.

Aflatoxins, toxic substances formed by a fungus on foodstuffs, are considered potentially carcinogenic, which is why EU member states and Serbia's neighbours insist on low permitted levels of only 0.05 per kilo.

It is believed that the aflatoxins got into the milk chain through concentrated animal food.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

obscure-croatian-ngo-announces-ustasa-commander-plaque-06-26-2017
26 Jun 17

Far-Right Croatian NGO to Honour Ustasa Commander

A marginal far-right NGO announced it will put up a plaque honouring Jure Francetic, the commander of a Croatian World War II fascist Ustasa unit responsible for large-scale crimes against Serbs and Jews.

26 Jun 17

The Balkans Today: 26th June - 30th June 2017

26 Jun 17

Macedonia in Line for Busy Political Week

25 Jun 17

Albania Awaits General Elections Results

25 Jun 17

LIVE: Albanian General Elections 2017

Premium Selection

bosnia-s-ex-refugees-use-language-skills-in-call-centres-06-25-2017
26 Jun 17

Bosnia’s Ex-Refugees Use Language Skills in Call Centres

When German-speaking clients get through to a call centre, there is a good chance that the operator on the other end of the line is a Bosnian who found refuge in Germany during the 1992-5 war.

serbia-s-new-pm-likely-to-stay-in-vucic-s-shadow-06-26-2017
26 Jun 17

Serbia’s New PM Likely to Stay in Vucic’s Shadow

While Ana Brnabic awaits confirmation in parliament as Serbia’s new Prime Minister, experts say the real decisions will continue to be taken by her patron, President Aleksandar Vucic.

23 Jun 17

Albania Enjoys Calmest Ever Election Campaign

23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

Latest News from the Balkans

26 Jun 17

Macedonia in Line for Busy Political Week

25 Jun 17

Albania Awaits General Elections Results