Reports of toxic milk trigger scare in Balkans

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While advising people to drink only small quantities of milk, Dragan Papovic, who heads the National Consumers’ Association in Serbia, said people would “have to drink three to 4 liters (1.06 gallons) of milk with high aflatoxin levels per day, and drink it for two to three years in order to have problems.”

Bosnian veterinary officials said that concentrations of aflatoxin above the limit had been found in imported milk from Hungary, Slovenia and Germany and that a shipment from Serbia is also suspected. Recently, Bosnia’s border controls have found the toxin in milk imported from Croatia.

All producers have been informed about the tests, officials said. The milk was intended for processing and packaging in plants in Bosnia and did not reach consumers.

On Tuesday, Croatian health authorities pulled four milk brands off store shelves after discovered that they _ two made in Croatia and two in Bosnia _ were contaminated with high levels of aflatoxin. The excessive levels of the toxin were also found in some samples of milk produced in Slovenia.

“You have to wonder are you harming your children by insisting that they drink milk,” said Amra Muratbegovic, a mother of two in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. “It turns out that you can be sure about what you are drinking only if you tie up a cow on your balcony.”

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Niksic reported from Sarajevo, Bosnia. Jovana Gec contributed to this report.

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