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Horse Meat Found in Test on Spanish Beef Products

17 April 2013

SPAIN - Tests of meat products in Spain have found four per cent of the 189 samples taken contained traces of horse meat, which was not marked on the labels.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality have sent the results of the tests to the European Commission.

None of the samples contained the drug phenylbutazone – bute – which is prohibited in meat intended for human consumption.

The tests were carried out as part of a European-wide investigation into labelling fraud on beef products

The samples, 26 per cent more than required by the European Commission, were analysed at the Research Centre of Control of Quality of the National Consumer Institute, Ministry of Health and Social Services and Equal Arbitral Agrifood Laboratory under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

The Spanish authorities have now taken action to remove those products found to contain traces of horse meat from the market.

And the authorities have launched an investigation to discover the source of the fraud in these cases.

TheMeatSite News Desk

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