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Illegal Horse Meat Sold to Sweden

06 January 2014

SWEDEN - The Swedish food safety authorities have been notified that 2.9 tonnes of horse meat that had been illegally sold in France, has been sold to the Swedish market.

French authorities revealed in mid-December that meat from horses that did not have certificates to allow the meat into the food chain had been sold as food earlier this year.

Part of that consignment had been mixed with a larger consignment of meat at a Belgian company.

NFA has now been told that 2.9 tonnes of this has been sold to Sweden.

NFA has tracked the meat together with the municipality.

The Swedish importer, A-Key, which delivered the meat to Scan's then subsidiary Pärsons, is now working through the Belgian supplier to find out if any of the unauthorised French horse meat is actually included in the shipment.

The Belgian authorities have said that the entire shipment from the Belgian supplier is unsafe as there were many ambiguities in the traceability of the horse meat.

“If it should prove that it is indeed the case that it is the illegal horse meat without any suspicion then that meat would be dangerous to eat. Because it is fresh meat, it has probably already been eaten,” said Jan Sjögren, Head of the NFA.

According to the French authorities, it means no health risk to eat meat.

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