ANSVSA’s Turcanu: Results of milk sample tests to be ready in two days; suspected milk, not on shelves

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The results of the tests of the 1,076 milk samples collected by animal health inspectors will be ray in almost two days, as the labs of the National Animal Health and Food Security Authority (ANSVSA) are overpopulated, but the milk presumed to be contaminated did not make it to the store shelves, ANSVSA Chairman Mihai Turcanu told a private broadcaster on Monday.

Turcanu mentioned that the milk suspected of having been contaminated did not make it to the shelves of the stores. ‘Consumers can be absolutely sure about the products they consume, because ANSVSA did it job to identify market unconformities,’ he said.
Animal health inspectors are suspecting milk batches from three farms and two milk processing units are exceeding the allowed levels of aflatoxin M1, the National Animal Health and Food Security Authority (ANSVSA) reported in a press release issued on Monday.

‘March 7-8, 2013, thematic inspections were conducted nationwide in the areas of raw milk production, collection, processing and trading. Milk facilities were checked and 1,076 raw milk and pasteurised milk for further processing to get dairy products were collected. Centralised data with ANSVSA indicate that 543 samples have so far been analysed. Five of them are suspected of having higher levels of aflatoxin. According to the procedures, the samples were submitted to the National Reference Laboratory of the Institute for Veterinary Hygiene and Public Health. The samples suspected of higher levels of aflatoxin M1 came from three dairy farms and from two milk processing facilities,’ reads the release.

According to ANSVSA, the suspected milk batches were impounded pending the arrival of the confirmation test bulletins. If the tests are positive, an alert will be initiated under the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed – (RASFF) and the batches will be destroyed. If the tests are negative, the milk in question can be released in the market

‘At a factory, there are almost 50 tonnes, at another 30 tonnes impounded and our inspectors are now checking the traceability to see where the milk originated. Farms are small units that produce nearly 2,000 litres of milk,’ said Turcanu.

He mentioned that there is a possibility that problems exist at other farms, given that only half of the collected samples have so far been tested.

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