Belgian food safety chief steps down

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The head of Belgium's food safety agency stepped down last week
following the discovery of new cases of pig feed which had not been
tested for cancer-causing chemicals.

The head of Belgium's food safety agency stepped down last week following the discovery of new cases of pig feed which had not been tested for cancer-causing chemicals, Reuters reports.

Belgian Health Minister Magda Aelvoet was quoted as telling Belgian VRT radio last Thursday:

"There were problems in terms of functioning and leadership and so on. We had a good conversation and the labour contract has been terminated."

The Health Ministry confirmed the resignation.A crisis manager will be appointed in the next few days.Luc Beernaert was suspended late on Tuesday after the Health Ministry found that some 59 samples of pig feed made by a local compounder had not been tested for traces of polychlorinate biphenyls (PCB).Five of the samples contained traces of PCB which exceeded the national threshold of 200 micrograms per kilogram.

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