Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Tainted milk investigation in Udine leads to five arrests


Udine, June 20 - Food police on Thursday arrested
the leader of a dairy consortium and four others in a toxic milk
probe in Udine, a city on the Slovenian border in the
northeastern Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG).
The leader of the FVG regional Cospalat dairy consortium,
Renato Zampa, is accused along with the others of conspiring to
commercialise milk they knew was contaminated with aflatoxins,
toxic fungi known to be a potent cause of liver cancer and
stunted growth in children.
Aflatoxins sometimes grow on rotting cereals and hay, and
can contaminate cattle-feed.
Investigators for the probe, which is coordinated by the
Udine prosecutor's office, also detected the presence of
antibiotics in some milk analyzed.
Investigators believe the FVG Cospalat had milk tests
falsified by an accomplice laboratory, knowingly diluted
contaminated milk with normal milk.
Investigators also believe FVG Cospalat allowed
unauthorized dairies to provide milk for illicitly-made,
quality-certified Montasio DOP cheese.
Defendants face charges of conspiracy to commit commercial
fraud, adulteration of foodstuffs and commercialisation of
foodstuffs that are dangerous to health.
Investigators are probing 24 people in the case, including
17 farmers - out of roughly 100 members of the consortium -
accused of knowingly putting contaminated milk on the market.
FVG Cospalat's chief was taken to jail and four others
placed under house-arrest.One person was placed under movement
restrictions, and a seventh is wanted, but remains at large.

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