Poland recalls 230 tonnes of food in 'road salt' scare
Polish health authorities yesterday ordered the withdrawal from the market of more than 230 tonnes of pickles, bread and other food suspected of containing industrial salt.
Revelations that industrial salt was sold to food producers have prompted authorities to open a criminal investigation and arrest five people. More than 600 tests have also been carried out on food samples. The industrial salt was intended for treating roads in winter.
The foods include vegetables that are preserved in salts, such as pickles, sauerkraut and beetroot, but also sausages, breads and other baked goods.
Agriculture minister Marek Sawicki said: "We worked too long for the good image of Polish products and Polish food to let one or more cheats destroy our image now."