Prosecutor orders probe into bad turkey

Athens’s chief prosecutor yesterday ordered a preliminary investigation into 24 tons of turkey imported from Canada that, Greek veterinarians say, was infected with salmonella. Dimitris Papangelopoulos has asked prosecutor Ada Economou to determine whether any crimes have been committed and by whom. Nearly 16 tons of the suspect turkey were distributed in the local market despite the fact that the Athens prefectural authorities had been alerted to the problem by state veterinarians. However, the Canadian meat manufacturer claimed to have documentation proving that the meat was safe for consumption when exported from the country. Meanwhile, Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros asked Papangelopoulos to investigate the chief of Athens’s prefectural veterinarians, G. Protogerakis, accused of the delay.

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