Cypriot investigation into illegal pork exports
Cypriot agriculture minister, Fotis Fotiou, announced
that an investigation has been launched into reports of illegal pork exports to
Greece during the foot and mouth ban in September.
On Friday, veterinary officials in Piraeus, Greece confiscated 24 tonnes of
frozen pork which they deemed were unsuitable for consumption.
An investigation showed that some of the meat was
labelled after September 15. Due to the FMD outbreak, the European Commission
had banned all meat and livestock exports from Cyprus.
Fotiou voiced his concern stating that "such errors cannot be made. This is
EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou commented that he had
been made aware of the case through the media as an official from Piraeus had
confirmed the findings to Mega television channel. Kyprianou said that a full
investigation will now be launched as to whether the law had been violated.
Ministry of Agriculture
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