Hazardous bacteria found in Lithuania’s Judex food products

"Judex" pastatas Kaune
DELFI (R. Achmedovo nuotr.)

“After a preliminary analysis, experts established that some of the samples of the seized production contains bacteria that is a health hazard. The State Food and Veterinary Service has been notified of the results. It was addressed with a request to conduct a thorough check of the circumstances,” reads the press release.

The searches were conducted as part of an influence peddling investigation. Prosecutors suspect that state regulators gave Judex a pass on food safety violations. Suspicions of abuse of power and document forgery have been brought against Jonas Milius, head of the State Food and Veterinary Service. Investigators have also questioned MP Petras Gražulis whose family is linked to Judex.

Suspicions have been brought against a total of six individuals in the influence peddling probe. Agents have searched offices of Milius, Gražulis and Judex CEOs, as well as production facilities.

Officers of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Special Investigation Service said they requested tests of the Judex products by experts who would be independent from State Food and Veterinary Service. The testing was handled by the Centre of Public Health. The specialists were provided samples of products that were seized during the July 28 search. The products were ready for realization.

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