Scandal over mislabeled horsemeat in Europe spreads

A horse is displayed at the annual horse market in Skaryszew, Poland on February 18, 2013. The horse market is the biggest and the oldest one in Poland, taking place every year since 1432. Polish animal rights campaigners heckled traders at the fair on Monday to try to prevent them from selling the animals for meat. following concern about the Europe-wide trade scandle in horse meat.

Tests have found horsemeat in school meals, hospital food and restaurant dishes in Britain, officials said Friday, as the scandal over mislabeled meat spread beyond frozen supermarket products. French Consumer Affairs Minister Benoit Hamon said Thursday that it appeared fraudulent meat sales over several months has reached across 13 countries and 28 companies.

German authorities have announced that 24 samples out of 360 official tests carried out on meat had revealed traces of horsemeat as the scandal of horse mislabeled as beef spread across Europe. Horsemeat in “beef” dishes has now been confirmed in products found in Britain, Ireland, France, Austria, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

Packages of Buitoni meat ravioli are pictured on display Feb. 19 on a supermarket shelf in Mataro near Barcelona. Nestle has removed beef pasta meals sold under its Buitoni brand in Italy and Spain after finding traces of horsemeat, becoming the latest victim of a food scandal still spreading across Europe. (REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino)

Burger King says it has stopped buying beef from an Irish supplier whose patties in Britain and Ireland were found to contain traces of horsemeat. Officials say there is no risk to human health, but the episode has raised food security concerns.

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