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Serbia withdraws suspected toxic milk

The milk contains high levels of aflatoxins, a fungus linked to mildewed cattle feed.

Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press

The milk contains high levels of aflatoxins, a fungus linked to mildewed cattle feed.

BELGRADE — Serbian officials ordered some brands of milk taken off store shelves on Wednesday despite earlier assertions that they were safe and not dangerously contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing toxin.

The order came after widespread public outrage over allegations that health authorities have for weeks been hiding the results of lab tests that reportedly show that much of the milk sold in Serbia contains high levels of aflatoxins, a fungus linked to mildewed cattle feed that can cause cancer if consumed in high doses.

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Authorities initially refused to reveal the brands that have been ordered out of shops, saying they were waiting for results of tests being conducted in the Netherlands.

Later Wednesday, the head of the veterinary inspection, Sanja Celabicanin, said authorities have ordered the withdrawal of 50 types of milk, from almost all dairies in Serbia.

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