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September 19, 2021

Aflatoxin scare: Milk dispensers, under sequester

About 300 milk dispensers were placed under sequester as the milk might be contaminated with aflatoxin. The measure was ordered by the food safety body (ANSVSA). The dispensers are operated by farms controlled by ANSVSA. Cristian Lungu, the president of the association of companies that operate milk dispensers told Antena 3 that there are three farms near Bucharest affected by this measure. “If the milk is suspicious with maximum concentration, then a new sample is taken and new analyses are made, which last several days. I think that we must wait for the reaction of the authorities, probably Monday (today). I got in touch with the three farms and we are waiting for the result, but they all say that the fodder given to the livestock is good. Apart from the fodder, there is no other possible source of aflatoxin”, he saidIn his turn, Sorin Minea, the president of the Romanian Meat Association said that there is “suspicion” regarding this issue and the risk for humans is minimal: “There are not 300 dispensers; the number is much smaller, anyway.” “The moment such suspicion appears, the dispensers of the respective farm are immediately shut down, it is a preventive measure. ” Minea explained.Producers and processors say that they suffered losses of up to 50 pc. In just 7 days, the losses amounted to tens of thousands of EUR, according to jurnalul.ro.

Ardealul beef  tins taken off shelves

The Ardealul Productie Company held by Norwegian company Orkla, called on “Ardealul”, beef cans being pulled off shelves, given the suspicion of containing horse meat ingredients, Mediafax reports. “Until the suspicion is confirmed, the «Beef Tin» product stays in retailer warehouses. The canned beef is the only product containing beef   as raw material. The manufacturer opened an investigation into the raw material suppliers over such suspicion,” according to the Productie Ardealul press release where company officials say that quantitative test results are expected this week.

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