Czech farm workers union calls for stepped up government action over dioxin food


A Czech union has called for the government to take immediate steps to find out the origin of foodstuffs and clearly labelled packaging. The call from the Union for Farm Workers and Nutritionists follows criticism on Friday that German authorities failed to fully communicate the real breadth of the dioxin scandal. The union also demanded stepped up checks on imported food.

A spokesman for the Czech veterinary administration said that despite repeated inquiries, German vets failed to provide the Czech authorities with information about exports of dioxin-contaminated products to the Czech Republic. German officials said on Friday that 4.5 tons of contaminated meat from Germany was sold on the Czech market at the end of December. Czech authorities also banned on Friday the sale of 200,000 eggs from Germany which lacked a precise designation of origin.