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Safety authorities close Szentendre Lidl

Hungary's food safety authorities have shut down a Lidl discount supermarket in Szentendre, north of Budapest, after finding several irregularities at the store, including frozen chicken which could be contaminated with salmonella, daily Magyar Hírlap reported. György Visinger, the head of the Pest County Animal Health and Food Inspection Station, said an inspection of the store revealed a deep freeze which had been installed without the necessary permits and a supply of frozen chicken suspected to be tainted with Salmonella. While inspectors brought the suspect chicken to be tested at a laboratory, the supply was illegally removed from Lidl's deep freeze, Visinger said. The authorities immediately requested that the city authorities withdraw the supermarket's licenses, forcing it to close.