Posted Feb 19, 2013By
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.
Officials say there is no risk to human health, but the episode has raised food security concerns. Fans of horsemeat are pointing to its good taste and its health benefits. Horsemeat contains significantly less fat than beef and has slightly higher protein.
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