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Hungary tightens inspection of German food shipments

The Hungarian Rural Development Minister has called for tighter inspections in Hungary to prevent possible shipments of animal food and feed contaminated by dioxins from Germany, the Rural Development Ministry told MTI on Saturday.

he minister ordered the step as a precautionary measure based on information received through the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

Hungarian authorities have so far not reported any shipments of German-origin eggs contaminated with dioxins in the country.

“The authority is not aware of shipments of German animal feed and food products contaminated by dioxins arriving in Hungary,” the Hungarian Food Safety Office said on its website on Friday, quoting information the authority had received from RASFF.

In the meantime, the daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Saturday that the Hungarian authorities confiscated a shipment of low-price German-marked eggs from a supermarket in Budapest on suspicion of dioxin contamination based on a buyer's report. Result of an inspection of the eggs is expected within days, said the paper. (MTI-Econews)