Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Companies face fines for 'cancer egg' scandal

Share this article

Companies face fines for 'cancer egg' scandal
Photo: DPA
12:53 CEST+02:00
German producers, distributors and companies that made and tested eggs containing unacceptable levels of the cancer-causing element PCB could face hefty fines, it emerged Saturday.

The Westfalen Blatt newspaper, based in Bielefeld, said the firms are facing legal charges. The Kiel-based lab had previously been criticized for releasing its results, which showed the PCB contamination only to the eggs' producer, an organic farm, and not to authorities.

Only 11 days after the initial results were made known did officials learn of the problem, the paper wrote, violating a reporting requirement. The Kiel lab could be liable for €20,000 in fines.

Officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are also going after the producer and distributor.

They are investigating whether illegal material was dumped on the organic farm, where the eggs were produced, and whether the PCB-eggs were illegally brought to market.

DAPD/The Local/mw

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?