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Horsemeat scare in Europe around 500 companies affected by 50,000 tons of meat recall

Post  Panda on Thu 11 Apr - 13:33

Horsemeat Scare: 50,000 Tons Of 'Beef' Recall

Around 500 companies across Europe are affected by the
recall - triggered because the source of the meat cannot be traced.

6:05am UK,
Thursday 11 April 2013

Video: The exact source of the meat
cannot be established

  • Dutch authorities have recalled 50,000 tons of meat which has
    been sold as beef across Europe because it may contain horsemeat.

    Around 370 different companies in Europe and a further 130 in the Netherlands
    are affected by the recall because they bought meat from two Dutch trading

    Firms have been told to "take it off the market as a precautionary measure"
    and "verify all products".

    A small number of UK businesses may be affected, the Foods Standards Agency

    The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has taken
    the decision to recall the meat because its exact source cannot be

    As a result, "its safety cannot be guaranteed", it said, ordering the
    immediate withdrawal of the beef from sale on Wednesday.
    The horsemeat scandal has spread across

    The statement said there was no immediate suggestion of any danger to human

    "The buyers have probably already processed the meat and sold it on," it

    "They, in turn, are obliged to inform their own customers."

    The Authority does not know where the meat has ended up, but it may have been
    used in frozen products.

    The Dutch wholesalers involved are Wiljo Import en Export B.V. and
    Vleesgroothandel Willy Selten B.V.

    Officials began a large-scale investigation into the country's meat industry
    in February following revelations across Europe that horsemeat was being sold as

    Inspectors examining Willy Selten's records found that the origin of the meat
    it supplied was unclear.

    This makes it impossible for them to confirm whether slaughterhouses have
    been acting according to procedure.

    "It might contain traces of horsemeat, but we don't know for certain at the
    moment if this is the case," a spokeswoman for the NVWA said.
    Tests have been carried on products for

    The Authority has warned its foreign counterparts about the recall via a
    European rapid alert system.

    Sky's Europe Correspondent Robert Nisbet said: "One of these factories that
    processes meat was raided on February 15.

    "Prosecutors at the time said they believed that the management inside was
    shredding up horsemeat then adding it to beef and selling it on as 100%

    "What they (authorities) are saying is that they don't believe that there is
    horsemeat in all of this 50,000 tons - but they cannot be sure - therefore they
    want to take it off the shelves and subject it to more tests.

    "If you remember the previous horsemeat scandal that was detected from Findus
    products that was made from Comigel in Luxembourg that was traced back to
    horsemeat from two Romanian abattoirs. That horsemeat was then sent to another
    processor in the Netherlands.

    "So this would suggest that the Netherlands is an area that people are
    looking at very closely now in terms of oversight in this massively sprawling
    industry that runs across Europe.

    "Could it be there that many of the problems have originated since this
    horsemeat scandal blew-up back in January?"

    A preliminary investigation by the Romanian government suggested paperwork
    from the two accused abattoirs was in order and that the livestock entering the
    facilities were accurately documented.

    It also suggested that the meat which emerged from the slaughterhouses was
    properly labelled, and so therefore the substitution happened elsewhere in the
    food production chain.

    The Europe-wide horsemeat scandal has seen many products pulled from
    supermarket shelves - damaging confidence in the continent's vast and complex
    food industry.
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