News of: Tuesday, March 22 2005,

Box of smoked bats seized on market

Inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality have seized a box of smoked bats on an open air street market in Amsterdam South-East.

The inspectors say the bats are from Ghana. There they are used as medicine against asthma and bronchitis. The bats were found in a box, between fruit and vegetables.

The bats may be a public health hazard, and are therefore illegal.

The market is located on the Bijlmerplein Square, in Amsterdam South-East. Many immigrants from (i.a.) African countries live in this part of town, making the market one of the most international markets in Amsterdam.