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EU threatens ban on Italian mozzarella

Latest update : 2008-03-28

The European Commission has asked Italy for information about dioxin contamination of mozzarella. If Italian authorities fail to comply with the request, the EU will impose an import ban on mozzarella.

The European Commission warned Italian authorities it could join Japan and South Korea's import ban on mozzarella cheese unless it receives information on contamination cases later Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

"We will wait until 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) and if we still haven't had a reply the commission will look at safeguard measures," the commision spokeswoman told AFP, adding that among the possible measures is an embargo.

"The Italian authorities sent some information on Wednesday, but it was not complete," the spokeswoman said.

Date created : 2008-03-27

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