Four-Legged Secret: Irish Processors Knew About Horsemeat Mislabeling Last Year
A new report claims an Irish meat processor knew that horsemeat was going into Birds Eye spaghetti Bolognese, one of the mislabeled products involved in the ongoing horsemeat scandal in the United Kingdom and Europe.
The report released on Thursday by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine stated that QK Meats admitted that seven tests carried out on the an ingredient sourced from Poland (which was supposedly beef) revealed the presence of horse DNA—the first having been collected in June 2012. Additional positive tests were obtained in October, November, and December of 2012. QK Meats was purchasing the meat at a significant discount from what beef trimmings cost in Ireland.
Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, called the findings “extremely disturbing” and said, “These facts would have informed the official investigation in a significant way and, most likely would have led to earlier conclusions on the source of the equine DNA. Failure on their part to act at a much earlier time was inexcusable.”
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