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Companies face fines for 'cancer egg' scandal

The Local · 14 Apr 2012, 12:53

Published: 14 Apr 2012 12:53 GMT+02:00

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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.

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14:23 April 14, 2012 by Wobinidan
So, knowingly poisoning thousands of people with dangerous chemicals is only worth a fine? Surely someone needs to go to jail for this?
17:47 April 14, 2012 by raandy
The firms, these are the egg producers, distributors and lab I assume from this article. There is a information gap here ( no surprise). I think, and only that ,that the lab was engaged by the producers and distributors.

This should have been reported to the state immediately and the eggs recalled and the farms involved shut down until a complete investigation was done for public health.

Ya, jail if all this is true would be a wake up call to independent testing labs that serious consequences will result when a public health issue is not immediately reported to authorities.
00:33 April 15, 2012 by Raydoggy
So glad I am VEGAN, no PCB's and Dioxin for this lad. Could be tasty in a fry up though.

Also I can sleep at night without the torture of millions of chickens on my conscience.
04:55 April 15, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Raydoggy, I am disappointed. Normally in your rants and comments you normally call us all murderers at least once for consuming animal products. Now excuse me, time for a egg banjo and a side of bacon (extra crispy)..........
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