Ukrainian sunflower oil poses no health threat
Spain authorities lift ban on oil after just three days after imposing the ban.29 April 2008
MADRID - After warning consumers on Friday not to use sunflower oil from Ukraine because a batch had been contaminated with aliphatic hydrocarbons, Health Minister Bernat Soria said on Monday that there is no longer any health threat.
"No cases of toxicity have been reported [linked to the consignment of Ukrainian sunflower oil]," he said. "It is the first time that a health crisis has been resolved in such a speedy fashion: less than 72 hours."
Despite Soria's assurances, his management of the affair has been highly criticised by food-oil producers in Spain, who fear that sales may suffer as a result.
The opposition Popular Party has joined in the criticism as well.
Health authorities have removed 3,500 tons of contaminated Ukrainian sunflower oil from the Spanish market. Authorities will soon publish a list of sunflower oil brands that are safe to consume.
[El Pais / ANP / Expatica]