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Milk contamination frightens Serbians

BELGRADE — Some milk in the Balkans has been contaminated by a naturally ­occurring cancer-causing toxin and consumers are accusing officials of hiding how serious the problem is.

Most health officials agree that the milk is safe and that even higher levels of aflatoxins — a fungus linked to mildewed cattle feed — are not harmful in small amounts. Serbian officials have refused to have milk pulled off store shelves and appealed for calm Tuesday before official tests show conclusive results.

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