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June 21, 2021

Greece finds horse meat in products from Romania

The suspected company is a big production unit of southern Romania, currently under verification, the Minister of Agriculture, Daniel Constantin informed.

Traces of horse meat have been discovered in two products sold as beef, Greek authorities have said. Inspectors of the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) on Wednesday said they had detected horse DNA in meat imported from Romania that was packaged by the Zikoudi Vasiliki company in Piraeus, ekathimerini.com informs The two samples – taken from products labelled as “Frozen Beef Meat Neck” and “Frozen Beef Meat Topside” – were part of a total 1,064 kilogram import. EFET said another 50 beef samples would be analyzed in the coming days. The company suspect of having exported horsemeat mislabelled as beef to Greece is a big production unit of southern Romania, currently under verification, and analyses will be ready these days, the minister of Agriculture, Daniel Constantin informed, according to Mediafax. He said that Romanian authorities will analyse as soon as they will have access to the batch of samples indicated by Greek authorities. He added that the ministry of Agriculture already has complete information about the exports operated by that company and waits from Athens data about the respective batch, to see if the information coincides and if the meat indeed left Romania with wrong labels.“The alerts on the European platform about something else leaving Romania are not confirmed. We exported horsemeat to Europe; we cannot say what they did with it. Officially, what we exported was horsemeat, labeled as such. There must be an intermediary, for sure” the president of the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Agency (ANSVSA), Mihai Turcanu said for Digi24. Russia also announced it had found horsemeat in a shipment of pork sausages imported from Austria, ‘The Voice of Russia’ informs. “Tests on a shipment of Frankfurter sausages found the DNA of horses, chicken, cattle and soya,” Russia’s agricultural watchdog said in a statement.” The source of this meat is unknown,” Alexei Alexeyenko, an aide to the watchdog’s chief, said, adding that old ill animals could have been used to make it. The contaminated meat will either be destroyed or returned to the supplier, he said. Portuguese authorities said on Wednesday they had seized 79 tonnes of wholesale food containing horsemeat at factories that distributed meat to supermarkets, as well as thousands of ready-made meals such as lasagne, meatballs and burgers.

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