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Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani

DATE

04/07/2001

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Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani

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SPAIN HALTS MOVEMENT OF POSSIBLY HARMFUL FOOD OIL
SPAIN HALTS MOVEMENT OF POSSIBLY HARMFUL FOOD OIL

MADRID, July 3 (Reuters) - Spain's Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday ithad halted all shipments of a low-grade olive oil derivative on fears itcould be dangerous for human consumption.The ministry said it took action after traces of hydrocarbons werefound in oil produced from crushed olive residues.Spain, the world's largest olive oil producer, made 107,000 tonnes ofderivative oil in 1997, according to the last available figures from theministry.Olive oil production itself was 1.1 million tonnes in the same year.