Europe's Horsemeat Scandal


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A survey by Ireland’s food safety authority in January showed 37 percent of beef burger products in the country tested positive for horse DNA, while 85 percent showed pig DNA, kicking off Europe's latest food scandal.

Supermarkets in the U.K., Ireland, France and Germany have withdrawn "beef" products found to contain horse meat. Tesco Plc, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Asda and Aldi, France's Carrefour SA, Casino Guichard Perrachon SA are among chains that have removed some beef products as concern escalated over tainted meat.

The European Union called for horse meat to be examined for phenylbutazone, a veterinary drug which can be harmful to humans, as reports uncover the tortuous supply chains that feed Europe's meat industry. Criminal investigations are being coordinated by Europol, the EU said.

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