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New development in the horse meat scandal in Denmark

11 Apr 2013, 16:29
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Authorities of Denmark informed that they would be recalling 50 thousand tons of meat labelled as beef across Europe because its exact source could not be established, and it may contain horse meat.

 

Two major trading companies from Denmark, Wiljo Import en Export B.V. and Vleesgroothandel Willy Selten B.V. sold meat to 370 companies from several European countries, and to 132 more companies inside Netherlands according to the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority representative, Esther Filon.

 

The food authority said in a statement that because the exact source of the meat cannot be traced "its safety cannot be guaranteed. The statement added that Dutch authorities have "no concrete indications that there is a risk to public health".

 

"If meat has an unclear source then the law - the general food law - says it is no longer fit for human or animal food," she told The Associated Press.

 

The announcement span out the global scandal, which burst out after the meat samples of Dutch origin had been found to contain horse meat DNA while being labelled as beef. Filon also said the recall concerns meat dating back to January 1, 2011, up until February 15, 2013.

 

It is unkown how much meat can be recalled since part of it must have already been consumed, and other part have travelled to unknown destinations.

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