Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

French hunt horse meat fraudsters

The scandal involving horse meat being disguised as beef is spreading around Europe

Europe's horse meat scandal is spreading, as French consumer safety authorities say companies from Romania, Cyprus and the Netherlands were part of a supply chain that resulted in horse meat being disguised as beef in frozen lasagne sold around the continent.

French companies were also part of the supply chain.

France's junior minister for consumer goods, Benoit Hamon, said an initial investigation shows that one of the French companies bought frozen meat from a Cypriot trader, who had received the meat from a Dutch food company. And that Dutch company had received the meat from a Romanian supplier.

Romanian authorities are investigating. Dutch authorities say they are ready to investigate if necessary.

Lasagne meals and burgers suspected of containing horse meat have been pulled from shelves in Britain, Ireland, Sweden and France.

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