Sausage debacle still unresolved

  • 2009-04-27
  • Adam Mullett
VILNIUS 's Discussions between meat producers and the Ministry of Agriculture over potentially poisonous sausages on sale at supermarkets are ongoing and are expected to continue for up to a month, the Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service said.

"This will not be solved this week and we need to have discussions with the producers and the Ministry," Zenonas Stanevicius, Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service, told The Baltic Times.

Sausages containing the E250 preservative become poisonous when cooked on an open fire. Despite this, they are still being sold as "picnic sausages" or "weekend sausages."

Earlier, Stanevicius had said that a decision on the ban of such sausages or the requirement to put warning labels on them would have occurred by now.

Meat producers do not deny that their sausages can become poisonous, but do not put labels on the sausages to warn consumers of the potential effects.

Sausages with the E250 preservative can be boiled for safe consumption.