Slovakia lifts ban on German meat, eggs as no dioxin found

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Slovakia has lifted a ban on sales of German eggs and poultry imposed after Germany said last week some contained high levels of dioxin, Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon said Wednesday.

"All tests carried out by health authorities showed that the tested samples were not contaminated," Simon told journalists.

"However, we will keep doing more frequent tests of products imported from Germany," he added.

It will be obligatory for importers from Germany to declare their products do not come from a dioxin-contaminated region, he added.

Slovakia last week became the first European Union country to impose restrictions on German meat after suspending sales of poultry meat and eggs while it conducted tests to assess dioxin levels.

Simon also said Slovakia would push for a change in EU laws to make all food products declare their country of origin instead of a mere "made in the EU" label.

© 2011 AFP

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