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Battle over blame after horse meat found in beef products
02-12-2013, 06:49 AM #1
Mr Ed Incognito Anonymous
High-stakes lawsuits, overlapping investigations and a bitter battle over blame are spreading across Europe in the wake of a scandal that has rocked the meat industry.

Horse meat was discovered in products that are supposed to be 100% beef, sold in Sweden, the United Kingdom and France.

On Sunday, a major company under scrutiny called one of its suppliers a "villain" responsible for the fraud. The supplier, in turn, insisted it was "fooled" by a subsupplier.

While authorities say there is no immediate cause for health concerns, the discovery was a new shock to an industry already reeling from a bombshell last month when Irish investigators found horse and pig DNA in numerous hamburger products.

The blame chain
Europe deals with horse meat scandal

Swedish food producer Findus has been a focus of the uproar since it announced Thursday that it had withdrawn its lasagna from stores as a precaution. The products were pulled Monday after French supplier Comigel raised concerns about the type of meat that was used, Findus Sweden said.

Findus said a letter from Comigel dated February 2 informed Findus that the contamination may date back to August 2012.

Horsemeat found in hamburgers in Britain and Ireland

Findus is only one of several companies that receive products from Comigel. Others include Axfood, Coop and ICA, which have recalled some meat products in Sweden, and Aldi, which has pulled some products from shelves in Britain.


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02-12-2013, 08:20 AM #2
オタマジャクシ Member
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A new Romania law that eliminates carts put horses and donkeys on the market.

The subsupplier I believe is Romanian, and the meat is a horse/donkey blend.

So if you eat the Findus lasagna, you aren't just horsing around, you are getting a little "ass".
02-12-2013, 02:16 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,392 Threads:1,584 Joined:Feb 2011
This Meatgate is a clusterfuck. There was an emergency meating (lol) in the EU yesterday trying to figure out exactly who has been horsing around.

Quote:The scandal emerged four weeks ago following the revelation of contamination of burgers made by manufacturers in Ireland.

The French authorities say the horse meat itself came from two Romanian abattoirs and arrived at the French company via brokers in Cyprus and Holland.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...horse.html

It's like meat laundering. 13.gif

On top of the Romanian horse / donkey meat production (due to a change of law like Tadpole mentions) there are 70 000 horses in Northern Ireland unaccounted for...

Quote:Labour claimed up to 70,000 horses are unaccounted for in Northern Ireland and could have entered the European food chain;

02-12-2013, 04:54 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,392 Threads:1,584 Joined:Feb 2011
Doesn't seem like the Romanian slaughterhouse involved in this scandal tried to conceal the origin of their meat.


Just read on Swedish news a couple of Swedish women sending their old race and riding horses to a farm (in Sweden) where they were supposed to enjoy a pleasant retirement. The horses were taken straight to slaughter, but the women were give regular updates on how well the horses were doing. 13.gif

02-12-2013, 05:20 PM #5
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02-12-2013, 06:06 PM #6
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