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Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said this evening he would beasking Irish manufacturers of processed meat products ...
“The source of the horsemeat is still under investigation by therelevant authorities. The level of contamination suggests ...
The Minister will meet the EU commissioner for healthand consumer policy Tonio Borg in Brussels onWednesday to consider th...
Romania angered Romania’s prime minister Victor Ponta has said any fraud overhorse meat sold as beef had not happened in h...
“It is very clear that the French company did not have any direct contractwith the Romanian company and ... it has to be e...
Legal action Findus said it is considering legal action after an internalinvestigation “strongly” suggested the contaminat...
He said that while the authority had been criticised insome quarters in the early stages of the crisis it had“uncovered a ...
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Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said this evening he would be asking Irish manufacturers of processed meat products to carry out DNA testing and to work with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in developing testing protocols for this purpose.

The Minister said the move was a “necessary step in order to provide further reassurance to Irish consumers and consumers of Irish food abroad”.

The announcement comes shortly after Tesco revealed that its frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese contained horse DNA of more than 60 per cent in some samples.

The product was supposed to only contain Irish beef. Tesco withdrew it from sale as a precaution last week because it was made in the French Comigel factory which had produced Findus beef lasagne which was found to contain up to 100 per cent horsemeat.

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Jakarta capital crown eco management international relations fraud dna testing for all meat products

  1. 1. jakarta capital crown ecomanagement international relationsfraud DNA testing for all meat products
  2. 2. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said this evening he would beasking Irish manufacturers of processed meat products to carry out DNAtesting and to work with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) indeveloping testing protocols for this purpose.The Minister said the move was a “necessary step in order to providefurther reassurance to Irish consumers and consumers of Irish foodabroad”.The announcement comes shortly after Tesco revealed that its frozenEveryday Value Spaghetti Bolognese contained horse DNA of more than60 per cent in some samples.The product was supposed to only contain Irish beef. Tesco withdrew itfrom sale as a precaution last week because it was made in the FrenchComigel factory which had produced Findus beef lasagne which was foundto contain up to 100 per cent horsemeat.Tesco group technical director Tim Smith said most of the test resultsfound horse DNA at a trace level of less than one per cent “but threeshowed significant levels of horse DNA, exceeding 60 per cent”.
  3. 3. “The source of the horsemeat is still under investigation by therelevant authorities. The level of contamination suggests thatComigel was not following the appropriate production process forour Tesco product and we will not take food from their facilityagain,” Mr Smith said.The samples did not show the presence of bute, a potentiallyharmful veterinary medicine.Mr Smith said Tesco was “very sorry” that it had let customersdown. “Our DNA testing programme is underway and will give usand our customers assurance that the product they buy is what itshould be."Mr Coveney and Britain’s environment secretary Owen Patersonhave agreed that the FSAI and the UK Food Standards Agency willwork together to protect the authenticity of meat ingredients usedin the manufacture of meat based products.
  4. 4. The Minister will meet the EU commissioner for healthand consumer policy Tonio Borg in Brussels onWednesday to consider the implications of the recenthorsemeat controversy, and what steps can be taken toaddress the matter at an EU level.The Minister has also arranged to have the issue on theagenda for the next Council of Agriculture Ministers laterthis month.A Polish veterinary delegation will visit Ireland this weekto be briefed on the Irish investigation into the discoveryof horsemeat in beef products, following a meetingbetween Mr Coveney and his Polish counterpart inBrussels last Thursday.
  5. 5. Romania angered Romania’s prime minister Victor Ponta has said any fraud overhorse meat sold as beef had not happened in his country and he wasangered by suggestions it might have been.The British unit of frozen foods group Findus began recalling itsbeef lasagne last week on advice from its French supplier, Comigel,which said the horse meat came from Romania.“From all the data we have at the moment, there is no breach ofEuropean rules committed by companies from Romania or onRomanian territory,” Mr Ponta told a news conference. “I am veryangry, to be honest.”An initial French investigation revealed that the horsemeat endedup in Comigel’s Luxembourg factory, supplied by a French firm, andthat a Dutch and Cypriot trader had also been involved. However,the meat originally came from a Romanian abattoir.
  6. 6. “It is very clear that the French company did not have any direct contractwith the Romanian company and ... it has to be established where thefraud was committed and who is responsible for this fraud,” Mr Pontasaid.Lasagne meals and burgers suspected of containing horse meat have beenremoved from supermarket shelves in Ireland, Britain, Sweden andFrance.Aldi and Tesco have taken several products off their shelves in theRepublic. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) warned consumersnot to eat Findus beef lasagne, samples of which were found to have beencontaminated with horse meat.The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to publish results of a secondround of tests it has ordered food producers to conduct on a wider rangebeef products this week.Mr Paterson said more contaminated products could be discovered. Hedescribed the crisis as “an issue of fraud and a conspiracy against thepublic, I think probably by criminal elements, to substitute a cheapmaterial for that which was marked on the label”.
  7. 7. Legal action Findus said it is considering legal action after an internalinvestigation “strongly” suggested the contamination ofits products was “not accidental”. The company said itwas considering pursuing a case against its suppliersover what it said was their “failure to meet contractualobligations about product integrity”.UCD associate professor of public health Dr Patrick Wallsaid the FSAI’s role in uncovering the presence of horseDNA in products labelled as beef should beacknowledged.
  8. 8. He said that while the authority had been criticised insome quarters in the early stages of the crisis it had“uncovered a huge, Europe-wide scam. If it had not beenfor the FSAI this could have gone unchecked for yearsand it has set the standard others across Europe willhave to follow”.Dr Wall said dealers stood to make vast profits if theyswapped horse meat for beef. “Beef sells for around €4 akilo while horse meat costs no more than 90 cent,” hesaid. “So what we are seeing here is fraud on anabsolutely huge scale. And the people behind this fraudwould have been making enormous sums of money.”

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