Suspect package alarm at Italy ministry called off

ROME Tue Dec 4, 2012 10:21am EST

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ROME Dec 4 (Reuters) - An alarm over a suspect package found at Italy's labour ministry has been called off after the package was inspected and found to be harmless, a ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Seven people were earlier taken to hospital over fears that powder contained in the package might have been contaminated with anthrax, police said.