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Tons of bad turkey were sold

Nearly 16 tons of turkey infected with salmonella were distributed in the Greek market last December despite the fact that Athens prefectural authorities had been alerted to the problem by state veterinarians, Agricultural Development and Food Minister Evangelos Bassiakos said yesterday. A series of tests conducted on the frozen whole turkeys, which were imported from Canada last November, revealed the presence of the bacteria salmonella, prompting veterinarians to alert Athens’s prefectural veterinary department, Bassiakos said. Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros gave the city’s top prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos a file showing how the spoiled turkey was distributed as questions lingered regarding the part played by the chief of Athens’s prefectural veterinarians, G. Protogerakis, who is believed to have delayed making public the results of tests on the meat. It was unclear yesterday whether any of the turkey products are still on the market.