Agriculture ministry was "stunned" by aflatoxin affair
BELGRADE -- Minister of Agriculture Goran Knežević told MPs on Thursday that he "bears the responsibility for the problems in this sector".
He also said that the recent discovery of elevated aflatoxin concentration in milk "stunned his ministry".
"I admit that this is partly my responsibility and that we did not find the time to deal with these things and the whole matter (aflatoxin in milk) has caught us unawares," Knežević said during a parliament session at which MPs posed questions to the government about the safety of food in Serbia.
The minister said the food safety system in Serbia is regulated by laws and regulations passed in order to harmonize standards with that of the EU, but that this was done without "enough understanding for reality and their enforceability."
"These rules have brought major changes - the primary responsibility for food quality is on the producers, and the government takes on the role of controller," said Knežević.
He accused three lobbies as "contributing to the whole picture" - importers, who stand to gain enormous profits as a consequence of "the story about toxic corn", GMOs advocates, and "politics" - the desire of some parties "to create problems and endanger villages and farmers".
Trade Minister Rasim Ljajić also addressed the session to say that the financial damage from the aflatoxin crisis has not yet been appraised, but noted the figure could reach between 100 and 125 million euros.
The session was called at the request of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), whose leader Čedomir Jovanović said today that the party did not want to reduce the issue of food safety in Serbia to "mindless wars among parties" and called on Knežević to take "concrete measures".
Saturday 9.03.2013 | 11:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian MPs will debate food safety on Thursday, March 14, the Serbian parliament has announced.
Friday 8.03.2013 | 20:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian parliament will meet on March 14 and discuss the issues related to food safety, it has been announced.
Friday 8.03.2013 | 09:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government dismissed the Plant Protection Directorate director and Agriculture Ministry’s Veterinary Medicine Directorate acting director Thursday.
Thursday 7.03.2013 | 15:57 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- After analyses showed that 69.75 percent of milk samples contained increased levels of aflatoxin, the Agriculture Ministry has started changing regulations.
Wednesday 6.03.2013 | 19:11 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tests performed in the Netherlands to determine the level of aflatoxin in milk in Serbia revealed that 31.25% percent of samples were within EU standards.
Wednesday 6.03.2013 | 14:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The situation with aflatoxin contamination in the region is under control, and the countries will work together in the future to improve food safety.
Tuesday 5.03.2013 | 16:28 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Goran Ješić has published the results of laboratory analyses of milk done in Munich, showing that some samples had aflatoxin content exceeding 0.5 micrograms.
Tuesday 5.03.2013 | 09:15 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has said that his ruling SNS party will "evaluate" the work of its ministers on March 15.
Monday 4.03.2013 | 16:51 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The legal limit for aflatoxin in milk should be reduced to 0.05 micrograms per kilogram - "or, at most, to 0.08 micrograms".
Sunday 3.03.2013 | 15:38 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Health Minister Slavica Đukić-Dejanović says that a parliamentary session on aflatoxin contamination is an opportunity to pass some binding bills.
Saturday 2.03.2013 | 13:35 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- An emergency session of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), called by SNS leader Aleksandar Vučić, was held on Saturday in Belgrade.
Saturday 2.03.2013 | 12:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Čedomir Jovanović says the entire government is responsible for the increased permitted level of aflatoxin in milk.
Saturday 2.03.2013 | 11:49 | Source: Blic | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- If Serbia does not return the maximum permitted level of aflatoxin in milk to 0.05 micrograms per kilogram, it will not fulfill one of the EU conditions.
Friday 1.03.2013 | 16:43 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Tests of milk samples done in laboratories in Germany showed elevated presence of aflatoxin in all samples.