Rescue workers have removed the body of a miner who died in an explosion at
a mine in Karviná in the Moravian-Silesian Region in December. The remains
of four others are expected to be exhumed by the end of the month, a
spokesperson for the district state prosecutor’s office said.
Thirteen miners were killed when a methane explosion took place 800 metres below the ground at the ČSM-Sever mine. Most of the victims were Polish.
The Czech authorities plan to introduce controls on the border with Poland
to ensure bad meat does not enter this country, Novinky.cz reported. The
minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček, told the news site that the police
would carry out checks on Polish trucks in coordination with veterinary
Around 300 kilogrammes of bad Polish beef is known to have been imported into the Czech Republic, despite officials from both countries saying none had crossed their shared border. Several EU states imported beef from a Polish abattoir accused of handing sick cows.
Beef from a Polish abattoir accused of handling sick cows was imported into
the Czech Republic, Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman (Social
Democrats) said on Friday.
In total about 300 kilos of meat from an abattoir near Ostrow Mazowiecka in north-eastern Poland was brought into the country. It has not been determined how much of the beef is fit for consumption.
Covert filming at the abattoir broadcast early this week by Polish station TVN 24 showed cows too sick to stand being dragged into the slaughterhouse.
Poland triggered the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), informing other member states, on Tuesday.
Christmas celebrations in the Czech Republic this year were overshadowed by tragedy. The death of 13 miners killed in a methane explosion at a coal mine in the north-eastern part of the country dominated news coverage over the holidays, as did the deadly tsunami in Indonesia. The victims were remembered in masses over Christmas and people donated money to accounts in aid of the victims.
The black coal mining company OKD, which underwent reorganization following
insolvency procedures in 2016, is making a profit and could keep its
Karviná mine in operation until 2030, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said
following talks with the company’s management on Thursday.
The reorganization plan envisaged a gradual phase-out of mining in the region by 2023, but the prime minister said the company was in good shape and making a healthy profit and could continue to operate until 2030.
A final decision is to be made by the end of the year.