Belgian food scare forces government to stop campaigning


07 June 1999


Belgian food scare forces government to stop campaigning


The Belgian government has halted its campaign for the 13 June
election, to deal with the its food contamination scare.


Egypt and Kuwait have joined the ranks of countries curbing imports
of Belgian meat and poultry, while Singapore said it was widening its
ban on food imports from Europe to all dairy products after earlier
suspending imports of meat and egg products.


The bans came despite new measures from Belgium to reassure
consumers.


Jean-Luc Dehaene, prime minister, said he would suspend campaigning
for next weeks poll because of fears over dioxin, a cancer-causing
chemical, which has virtually halted Belgiums meat industry.


Belgiums response to the food scare is the subject of a letter to
The Daily Telegraph, which claims that as long ago as February
last year it had been reported that milk produced in the country
contained dioxins. The writer asks why Belgian authorities had not acted
earlier.


France is to give the European Commission details by today (Monday)
of its measures to stop dioxin-tainted food reaching customers. The
promise was given as Jean Glavany, the agriculture minister, responded
angrily to suggestions from the commission that France had been slow to
act.





  • The Times 07/06/99 page 10
  • The Independent 07/06/99 page 13
  • Financial Times 07/06/99 page 4 (News Digest)
  • The Daily Telegraph 07/06/99 page 12
  • The Herald 07/06/99 page 10

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