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Italy Finds First Horse Meat Contamination Case

Italy Horse Meat Found

Italy has seen its first case of horse meat contamination in lasagne. The product contamination was discovered in six tonnes of minced meat labeled as beef, as well as 2,400 packs of lasagne bolognese.

The food was seized from a company in the country’s north and were packaged by Primia. The group is based in San Giovanni in Persiceto.

The horse meat contamination is the first discovered in Italy, which earlier stated that it found no traces of the meat in batches of beef products seized from Nestle, reports BBC.

The health ministry confiscated 26 tons of cooked and frozen minced beef meals from Nestle last week. The Swiss food giant welcomed the decision made by the Italian authorities. The confiscated meat will be returned to Nestle.

The company announced on Monday that it was recalling beef pasta meals in Italy and Spain after tests showed horse DNA in the products. There is no health risk to horse meat, but the scandal has ruined customer confidence in the European meat market.

The scandal has been blamed on the companies’ suppliers, though all three companies accused in the scandal have blamed their own suppliers. Yahoo! Finance notes that Primia told authorities it had used meat from another company in Brescia in northern Italy.

It also was originally supplied by two other companies in the region. Germany’s consumer affairs ministry also announced on Friday that it has found horse meat in 67 of the 830 food products it has tested so far.

Some politicians in Germany have suggested that the products tainted with horse meat be fed to the country’s poor, because, as Development Minister Dirk Niebel said, “We can’t just throw food away in Germany.”

But the opposition has dismissed the idea, saying that it would be an insult to the poor. In light of the scandal, three of the major French food companies have announced that the y will only use French beef in their products.

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5 Responses to “Italy Finds First Horse Meat Contamination Case”

  1. Colts Western Shop

    Support the Congress Safeguard American's Food Export Act, contact your US senators and legislators and get them working on this immediately! Or the next headlines will be America. American horses have tons of dangerous drugs in them, before the animals are killed they are NOT tested for drugs, illnesses, or anything, so they die the meat goes and we have no idea what will happen, bute is dangerous to dogs and humans. Federal Laws banned horsemeat because of bute and other drugs from being used in pet foods, dog/cat/chicken feeds in the US so if animals cant eat it and we don't eat it in the US why are attempting to sell to Europe. Oh that's right they also banned the US horsemeat from Europe. So we just need to stop it. As well keep in mind they keep quoting a figure from 2004 that's as old as the hills in 2004 there were estimated not legal numbers verified, 9 million horses in the US, so if you figure the numbers of registered births against numbers of horses that died in all breeds, registries, and factor in the constant slaughter which quit in 2006 US continued Canada and MExico all these years, and the natural, accidental, and abuse deaths reported and documented in the past several years. The decrease in foals registered in the last 3 years in unregistered horses-very responsible of them, the increase in registered stock , reckless breeding-the wild horses up and down numbers, slaughtered animals included even against the law wild horses, that bring us to approx. 7.4 million horses. Then we ran a poll to find out how many people do not record registered horse deaths to assoc. 23,000 unreported still shown as living as well. So we are just shy of 7.4 million animals. They want to open 6 slaughter plants in US and they will also slaughter in Canada and Mexico, so that comes to 1.4 millions animals dead a year, so in 5 years all the US horses will be gone. Don't like the odds the horses and their owners have, stop the slaughter, we wont take no for an answer!

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