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Rat poison in Polish sweets not classified as dangerous

The results of the toxicology tests ordered by the Polish State Prosecutor’s Office of dried milk in Polish confectioneries that were found in Slovak stores in January and contained rat poison granules, showed that they do not impose any health risks unless “consumed in large amounts”, the TASR newswire cited the website of the Slovak State Veterinary and Food Authority (ŠVPS).

The results of the toxicology tests ordered by the Polish State Prosecutor’s Office of dried milk in Polish confectioneries that were found in Slovak stores in January and contained rat poison granules, showed that they do not impose any health risks unless “consumed in large amounts”, the TASR newswire cited the website of the Slovak State Veterinary and Food Authority (ŠVPS).

The pest control chemical found in the sweets, known as toxan granulat, is not classified as dangerous, according to the Polish authority.

“The results of the tests [showed that the amounts of the analysed rodenticides and pesticides] were under the set limit, i.e. [they represented] less than 50 mg per kg in each of the tested samples,” said the ŠVPS, as quoted by TASR.

ŠVPS also said that the Polish side confirmed to Slovak authorities that the granules found in the dried milk, acquired from another source and which was used in the making of the confectioneries in question, did contain the poisonous toxan granulat.

Food stores, cafés and restaurants in Slovakia were alerted in January of sweets made from dried milk containing rat poison that were imported from Poland. The sweets were manufactured by a Polish company called Magnolia. In addition, the recent case follows a series of other scandals concerning low-quality food products from Poland that have been distributed to Slovakia, including a case involving Polish comestibles containing road salt in 2012, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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