France scraps move to halt mozzarella sales
France's agriculture minister scrapped a decision to halt sales of imported mozzarella after Italy decided to recall the dioxin-tainted cheese.
PARIS, March 31, 2008 - France's agriculture minister on Friday
scrapped a decision to halt sales of imported mozzarella after Italy decided
to recall the dioxin-tainted cheese.
Agriculture Minister Michel Barnier had ordered shops to stop selling
mozzarella from Italy's Campania region on Friday but later that same day
withdrew the measures.
"The European Commission has just said that it was satisfied with the
progress shown by the Italian government and sees no need for further European
measures at this stage," said the agriculture ministry in a statement.
"The measures previously requested pending additional information from
Italian authorities are no longer warranted," he added.
Italian authorities said last week that high levels of dioxin, which
increases the risk of cancer, were found in 66 buffalo herds around the city
A total of 83 buffalo farms in the Naples region were quarantined.
On Friday, Italy announced a recall of the cheese, a move welcomed by
In 2007, France imported 257 tonnes of buffalo mozzarella, according to
figures from the dairy industry.