Horsemeat scandal reaches Demark

2013-02-15 22:00
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Copenhagen - Danish food safety authorities are probing whether a slaughterhouse may have mixed horsemeat into meat marked as beef that was supplied to pizza makers, the government said on Friday.

Food and Agriculture Minister Mette Gjerskov told public broadcaster DR that inspectors from the Veterinary and Food Administration had discovered possible problems at a slaughterhouse after stricter controls were introduced amid the widening European horsemeat scandal.

"There is one slaughterhouse in particular where [the inspectors] are not convinced that they kept beef and horsemeat separate," Gjerskov said.

DR said tests had been run at the unidentified slaughterhouse and some of its customers.

If it is confirmed that the horsemeat was mixed with beef at the slaughterhouse, it would be the first case in Denmark.

"People must simply know what they're buying," Gjerskov said, adding that legal action could be taken if it turned out to be a case of fraud.

Denmark announced on Wednesday it was tightening controls on meat as a result of the horsemeat scandal.

- SAPA
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