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Wed Apr 01 15:07:24 CAT 2015

Denmark probing possible horsemeat in pizzas

Sapa-AFP | 15 February, 2013 16:46
Employees at a central purchasing warehouse remove the plastic covering from frozen beef meat lasagne dinners that were removed from stores and are prepared for destruction in Villeneuve, Southwestern France, February 15, 2013. An investigation has identified a French meat-processing firm as a likely culprit in the horsemeat scandal that has enraged consumers across Europe and implicated traders and abattoirs from Cyprus to Romania.

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.


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