Thursday, March 14, 2013

Romania possibly caught in antibiotic-containing turkey scandal

BUCHAREST, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Romania is possibly involved in a new food scandal after Germany withdrew from the market on Wednesday turkey breast with residues of antibiotics that would come from Romania.

The information came from European rapid alert system, Vice President of the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) Vladimir Manastireanu was quoted as saying by local media.

"My colleges are in the investigation and we will see results in 4-7 days," said the official, adding that investigators have gone to the unit involved and there is no information if the products have reached the market in Romania.

"Situation is under control," Manastireanu stressed, promising that "I'll tell you where the meat reach after completion of investigation."

He explained that it is a batch of meat with residues of antibiotics, which would be exported from Romania. The meat also arrived in Britain and Austria.

According to the European system of alert, the turkey breast contained traces of enrofloxacin, an antibiotic used to treat various diseases, including respiratory, salmonella, staphylococcus or hepatitis.

Sampling took place in Germany on Feb. 7 and the results came Wednesday.

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