Belgian news in brief, 14 June 2006

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More polluted fruit, vegetables

More polluted fruit, vegetables

The federal Food Agency has recorded almost a doubling in the amount of polluted fruit and vegetable samples in the past four years. The agency tested 488 pieces of fruit and 834 vegetable samples for pesticides or herbicides last year. In 7.3 percent of cases, acceptable limits were breached, compared with 4.1 percent in 2001. However, a breach of limit does not immediately pose a threat to public health.

Anger over asbestos allegations

Former Belgian rail NMBS-SNCB chief Karel Vinck has reacted angrily to a critical report published by magazine 'Knack' over the death of Eternit workers in Italy. He said the report was "unfair and scandalous". He is considering legal action. Knack wrote that Vinck was sentenced along with seven other Eternit managers to a total of 20 years jail on 26 May 2005 for failing to inform workers about the dangers of asbestos. But Vinck said the dangers of asbestos were not known in the 1970s when he was the boss of Eternit.

Socialists continue Charleroi clean-up

MP Eric Massin, 43, was appointed on Wednesday as interim chairman of the Charleroi branch of the Socialist PS party. Patrick Moriau resigned from the position on Tuesday. Massin will lead the Charleroi Socialists until the end of the year. An election will be held in the meantime to elect a new chairperson. Meanwhile, PS Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx wants to give the PS chairperson greater authority in Charleroi to help clean up the party after a series of devastating fraud scandals.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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