Horsemeat Strikes Again: Dutch Pull 50K Tons of 'Beef'

Recall affects some 500 companies throughout Europe

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 10, 2013 9:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dutch authorities are recalling some 50,000 tons of meat that was sold as beef across Europe and possibly containing horse meat, because the exact source of the meat cannot be established. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority said today that around 370 different companies around Europe and 130 more in the Netherlands are affected by the recall because they bought meat from two Dutch trading companies.

The authority says that because the exact source of the meat cannot be traced, "its safety cannot be guaranteed." The statement added that Dutch authorities currently have "no concrete indications that there is a risk to public health." Dutch authorities began a large-scale investigation into the country's meat industry in February following revelations across Europe that horse meat was being sold as beef.

3 statues of horses' heads,  above a horsemeat butcher shop  in Paris, Friday, Feb 15, 2013.
3 statues of horses' heads, above a horsemeat butcher shop in Paris, Friday, Feb 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Animal carcasses hang at the Doly-Com abattoir, one of two units checked by Romanian authorities in a growing horsemeat scandal, in Roma, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Animal carcasses hang at the Doly-Com abattoir, one of two units checked by Romanian authorities in a growing horsemeat scandal, in Roma, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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